The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook: The Guide to Surviving Your Emotions When Having a Baby

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook: The Guide to Surviving Your Emotions When Having a Baby

by Bethany Warren, Beth Creager Berger
The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook: The Guide to Surviving Your Emotions When Having a Baby

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook: The Guide to Surviving Your Emotions When Having a Baby

by Bethany Warren, Beth Creager Berger

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Overview

Becoming a new parent is one of the biggest changes one can face in life. You are experiencing enormous changes biologically, hormonally, and emotionally. Your whole life may seem uprooted. It makes sense that you might be feeling significant mood changes as well. With 1/5 of mothers and 1/10 of partners experiencing depression and anxiety when having a baby, this workbook will remind you that you are not alone. It will empower you in managing your changing moods throughout your pregnancy and postpartum/postnatal recovery, helping explain what you are feeling and offering tangible skills that will help you feel better.

This workbook is written with sleep deprived new parents in mind, providing helpful information in short, digestible segments intermixed with thought-provoking activities. You can pick it up and put it down, reading it on your timing, without the information becoming overwhelming. The workbook covers the entire range of mood symptoms, from the Baby Blues, to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and more.

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook uses inclusive language and content applicable to all new parents. There are chapters dedicated to parents with babies in the NICU or with medical issues, the impact of mood symptoms on partners, and the impact of culture and identity on mental health. There is also a resource section with a wide array of support available to meet the needs of any parent. Adoptive and single parents, same-sex, BIPOC and gender non-conforming parents, as well as clinicians and birth workers will find this book to be an invaluable resource.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367699666
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/29/2021
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 1,080,982
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Bethany Warren, LCSW, PMH-C, is an experienced psychotherapist certified in both EMDR therapy and Perinatal Mental Health. She regularly provides trainings and lectures on women’s mental health and trauma.

Beth Creager Berger, Ph.D., is a psychologist with over 20 years of experience specializing in anxiety disorders and Perinatal Mental Health. She frequently lectures to physicians and community groups about PMADs.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Part I Helpful Information - Empowering You with Education 1

Chapter 1 How to Get the Most Out of This Workbook 3

Chapter 2 What's Going on With Me? Breaking Down the Difference Between Baby Blues and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders 7

Chapter 3 Learning More About Your Moods: No, Seriously, What's Going on With Me? 15

Chapter 4 Risk Factors and Screening: Why Me, and What Next? 26

Part II Building Tangible Skills to Help You Weather the Storm 35

Chapter 5 Sleep and Self-Care: Tangible Ways to Climb out of the Black Hole 37

Chapter 6 Attachment and Bonding: Creating a Secure Foundation with Your Baby While in the Middle of Your Storm 52

Chapter 7 Mom Guilt and Other Mind Battles: How to Manage Your Thoughts, Moods, and Behaviors Using Cognitive Behavioral Skills 60

Chapter 8 Manage Awful Thoughts: Name Your Dragon to Slay Your Dragon 73

Chapter 9 Role Changes, Support, and Communication: Strengthen Your Village 81

Chapter 10 Mindfulness, Meditation, and Relaxation: How to Quiet the Storm Within 93

Part III Additional Factors - Aspects of Your Life That Can Impact Your Mood 105

Chapter 11 Embracing More of You: Culture, Identity, and Mental Health 107

Chapter 12 How's Your Partner Doing? (Yes, They Can Struggle Too!) 116

Chapter 13 Crying, Low Sex Drive, Irritability and More: How Your Hormonal and Biological Changes Impact Your Emotions 122

Chapter 14 A Tough Situation Just Got Tougher: How Parenting a Child with Health Issues Can Impact Your Mood 132

Part IV What's Next? 145

Chapter 15 From Ambivalent to Terrified and Everything In Between: Creating an Empowering Postpartum Plan for the Next Pregnancy 147

Chapter 16 So What Now? Treatment Options 155

Resources 164

References 170

Index 176

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