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The importance of supporting your mental health

Screenings during the pregnancy or postpartum periods can help to identify mental health concerns early on, allowing for timely intervention. As occupational pelvic health therapists, we are instrumental in addressing risk factors associated with perinatal mental health, such as a history of mental health disorders, lack of social support, or stressful life events.

what we know

Approximately 20% of women experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs)

Perinatal mood and anxiety symptoms are prevalent and have significant consequences. Best practices for early detection are through routine depression and anxiety screening.

When identified and addressed promptly, the prevalence of postpartum depression can be reduced by up to 50%

With the ability to identify symptoms of PPD immediately after delivery, health professionals can provide new mothers with psycho-education, increased support, and readily available professional services.

Occupational therapy interventions can lead to a significant decrease in postpartum depression

These findings underline the potential of occupational therapy to reduce the risks associated with perinatal mental health issues, and support the health and wellbeing of mamas and babies.

how we can help

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  • Screening and support

  • Vetted referrals to other specialists

  • Sharing and processing your birth story

  • Intentional self-care, rest, recovery

  • Co-regulation and coping strategies

  • Mama/baby bonding

  • Breastfeeding/feeding support

  • Stress and time management

  • Relationship support

  • Sleep schedules

  • Sensory self-care for overstimulation

  • Reconnecting to your body

  • Advocating for yourself in appointments

Mamas who receive occupational therapy during the perinatal period experience lower rates of postpartum depression and anxiety. Our interventions contribute to improved overall health for mama and baby, fostering a positive and supportive environment during a critical phase of development.

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