Understand how you or a loved one may be at increased risk. Have a plan.
Below is a list of some risk factors that might put you at greater risk for developing a Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder
• Do you or a family member have a history of Bipolar Disorder?
• Do you or a family member have a history, or currently struggle with Depression?
• Do you or a family member have a history of Postpartum Depression?
• Do you or a family member have a history or an Anxiety Disorder?
• Do you have a history of Premenstrual Syndrome?
• Do you have a history of eating disorders?
• Do you have Thyroid disease?
• Do you have a history of insomnia or not receiving at least 2 blocks of 3 hours of REM sleep per night in
the postpartum period?
• Did you have a traumatic or disappointing childbirth experience?
• Do you have unresolved losses (especially reproductive in nature – i.e., miscarriage, infertility, abortion)?
• Do you have a history of sexual or physical abuse or neglect?
• Are you experiencing recent stresses (i.e., an illness in self/family, divorce, a move, a change in jobs, death, change in financial status, etc.)?
• Do you tend towards a perfectionist personality; highly task oriented; inflexible?
• Are you more isolated than you wish (lives far from family, few if any friends with children)?
• Are you and your partner currently experiencing relationship struggles?
• Have you had relationship struggles with your own mother?
• Is your baby: colicky or high needs, have an illness or injury, diagnosed with a developmental delay or other medical concerns?
Create a postpartum plan:
Download our Wellness Plan template- create your own plan.
Down Karen Kleiman’s Postpartum Pact– a great guide to thinking through your needs and talking with your partner.