Whether you’ve just had your first baby or your third, you probably have so much going on that it’s hard to know what is a normal amount of stress, or whether postpartum counseling is something you might need.
This is a stressful time, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, worried, tired, and moody. That being said, it isn’t normal to feel like there’s no escape from these emotions – to feel like your old self has been lost and that you are trapped with no way of getting on top of things. It is not normal to feel no hope or enjoyment, to be angry all the time, or to be unable to sleep, even when you’re exhausted and your baby is asleep.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry — while this is not normal, it is common, and postpartum depression and anxiety are very treatable. If you are worried about how you are feeling, it is important to talk with an experienced postpartum counselor you trust, and let them know how you feel.
This is not your fault, you are not alone, and with help, you will get better.
How to Recognize Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety
It can be difficult to tell the difference between postpartum depression and general new parent anxiety. Here are some normal things you might experience during your first month as a new parent.
Normal Postpartum Experiences
- Feeling tired and drained
- Feeling a lot of mixed emotions, with periods of crying
- Feeling overwhelmed and anxious (but you can be reassured)
- Change in appetite
- Some loneliness and feeling isolated
- Frustration with others
So, when is it not normal?
I want you to remember something important here: you know you better than anyone else – if things feel off and you don’t feel like yourself and haven’t for quite a while, trust yourself.
These are some signs to pay attention to and that may indicate that you are dealing with more than just normal anxiety.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
- Extreme fatigue and difficulty sleeping
- Intense mood swings and persistent negative emotions
- Lack of interest in the things that you used to enjoy
- Feeling trapped and as though things will never get better
- Scary, repetitive, and intrusive thoughts
Any persistent negative, uncomfortable feelings that last beyond the first month postpartum, and don’t seem to be getting better on their own, are a good reason to seek help.
Stroller Sessions for Postpartum Counseling
As a new mom there are a lot of barriers to getting help and support when you need it. It’s easy to feel trapped in your home, overwhelmed by the idea of either finding someone to watch the baby, or packing them up and driving out to a postpartum counseling session.
I wanted to find a way to make it as easy as possible for moms to get the support they need, which is why I developed Stroller Sessions. When you book a Stroller Session, I’ll travel to you, you can put the baby in the stroller, and we will take a walk in your neighborhood while talking. Spending time outside and taking walks are powerful ways to boost your mood and mental health, and they can be done right where you are, with no need to find a sitter or drive anywhere.
How much does it cost?
Stroller sessions cost $100 for a 50 minute session – the same price as an individual session in my office. If your home is located further than 5 miles from my office, there is a flat travel fee of $10 on top of the session cost.
What happens if the weather is bad?
I also provide in-home postpartum counseling for depression and anxiety, so if the weather is bad, we can simply have our session in your home!
What if we run into someone I know?
Confidentiality is an important part of postpartum counseling. While it’s impossible for me to guarantee 100% confidentiality when walking in public, it’s pretty easy to keep our session private while out walking. If we see someone you know, you can let me know, and I’ll stop talking and follow your lead. If you want to introduce me as your counselor, feel free – if not, that is fine too.
How do I schedule a stroller session?
If you are ready to get started, just click the button below to set up a free phone consultation with me. I’ll answer any other questions you have and help you schedule your first session.