Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Lauren Goffen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
My expertise is in perinatal mental health, helping individuals navigate the challenges of infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period and those who experienced pregnancy loss.
When life becomes difficult to manage, reaching out for professional support is a sign of strength. Choosing to begin therapy can be a gift to yourself - an opportunity to deepen your self-awareness, build more effective and positive relationships and live a healthy, more fulfilling life. I provide a safe and supportive environment where we can work together to address challenges, change negative patterns of thinking and behavior and adopt new ways to work within yourself to improve your life. I will help you utilize your strengths, increase compassion toward yourself and gain confidence to make necessary and lasting changes.
My expertise is in perinatal mental health, helping individuals navigate the challenges of infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period and those who experienced pregnancy loss.
When life becomes difficult to manage, reaching out for professional support is a sign of strength. Choosing to begin therapy can be a gift to yourself - an opportunity to deepen your self-awareness, build more effective and positive relationships and live a healthy, more fulfilling life. I provide a safe and supportive environment where we can work together to address challenges, change negative patterns of thinking and behavior and adopt new ways to work within yourself to improve your life. I will help you utilize your strengths, increase compassion toward yourself and gain confidence to make necessary and lasting changes.
(773) 717-2948 View (773) 717-2948
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Caitlin Lurigio
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610
I have a passion for working with adults on life transitions, anxiety, body image struggles and depression. I especially enjoy supporting individuals who feel disconnected in their relationships, struggle with vulnerability, and may be new or skeptical to starting therapy. I have extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Motivational Interviewing and my personal favorite, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I am also currently pursuing further training in perinatal and reproductive mental health.
I have a passion for working with adults on life transitions, anxiety, body image struggles and depression. I especially enjoy supporting individuals who feel disconnected in their relationships, struggle with vulnerability, and may be new or skeptical to starting therapy. I have extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Motivational Interviewing and my personal favorite, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I am also currently pursuing further training in perinatal and reproductive mental health.
(312) 465-4717 View (312) 465-4717
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Xaviera Gomez Pimienta
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
I work with couples to manage distress and overwhelm within their relationship. With a balanced perspective, I empower partners to strengthen their connection and deepen intimacy. I am also passionate about supporting individuals through the challenges of the perinatal journey, such as prenatal anxiety, pregnancy loss, infertility and postpartum depression. I work with adults navigating the varied stages of life. Whether it's helping clients cope with trauma, process grief and loss, navigate chronic illness and pain, or address the shadows of depression and anxiety, I consider it a privilege to accompany clients on this journey.
I work with couples to manage distress and overwhelm within their relationship. With a balanced perspective, I empower partners to strengthen their connection and deepen intimacy. I am also passionate about supporting individuals through the challenges of the perinatal journey, such as prenatal anxiety, pregnancy loss, infertility and postpartum depression. I work with adults navigating the varied stages of life. Whether it's helping clients cope with trauma, process grief and loss, navigate chronic illness and pain, or address the shadows of depression and anxiety, I consider it a privilege to accompany clients on this journey.
(773) 985-6757 x2 View (773) 985-6757 x2
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Stephanie Zangrilli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MS
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60625  (Online Only)
Life is full of experiences that catch us off guard, leaving us feeling fragile and vulnerable and full of emotions that are difficult to manage. Some of these events, such as pregnancy, parenthood, marriage, and new relationships often cause us to have juxtaposing emotions that can be challenging to navigate and contribute to feelings of isolation. As your therapist, I will walk beside you as you overcome life’s obstacles and help nurture any past wounds to help you live your best life. In addition to adults, I also love working with children from birth through adolescence.
Life is full of experiences that catch us off guard, leaving us feeling fragile and vulnerable and full of emotions that are difficult to manage. Some of these events, such as pregnancy, parenthood, marriage, and new relationships often cause us to have juxtaposing emotions that can be challenging to navigate and contribute to feelings of isolation. As your therapist, I will walk beside you as you overcome life’s obstacles and help nurture any past wounds to help you live your best life. In addition to adults, I also love working with children from birth through adolescence.
(224) 252-8170 View (224) 252-8170
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Allison Staiger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
I am an LCSW, certified in perinatal mental health.
Being a caregiver can be a landmine, and when that landmine gets tripped, it can look much different than just burnout. It can look like always doing and moving and worrying, because of a fear of everything falling apart if you slow down. It can look like feeling disconnected from or mistrusting of your body or emotions. It can look like self-sacrifice being a measure of your worth. It can look like rage, helplessness, and scary intrusive thoughts. And it can certainly feel like it's a YOU problem, when really, you may be responding the best you know how to an unsupportive environment.
I am an LCSW, certified in perinatal mental health.
Being a caregiver can be a landmine, and when that landmine gets tripped, it can look much different than just burnout. It can look like always doing and moving and worrying, because of a fear of everything falling apart if you slow down. It can look like feeling disconnected from or mistrusting of your body or emotions. It can look like self-sacrifice being a measure of your worth. It can look like rage, helplessness, and scary intrusive thoughts. And it can certainly feel like it's a YOU problem, when really, you may be responding the best you know how to an unsupportive environment.
(312) 487-3066 View (312) 487-3066
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Lisa Mala LCSW - Element Therapy Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
Therapy is a unique opportunity to find peace within ourselves. While it may be difficult to find the right therapist to work with, I find my warm, empathetic, friendly, straight-forward approach help my clients work through issues to find transformation and purpose in their life, as we collaboratively work to find the right approach that fits for you. I have expertise working with clients in Perinatal Mental Health, infertility challenges, all phases of pregnancy, including pre and post, and the loss of identity while in new parenting roles and different parenting challenges, which I have completed certification training.
Therapy is a unique opportunity to find peace within ourselves. While it may be difficult to find the right therapist to work with, I find my warm, empathetic, friendly, straight-forward approach help my clients work through issues to find transformation and purpose in their life, as we collaboratively work to find the right approach that fits for you. I have expertise working with clients in Perinatal Mental Health, infertility challenges, all phases of pregnancy, including pre and post, and the loss of identity while in new parenting roles and different parenting challenges, which I have completed certification training.
(773) 830-3414 View (773) 830-3414
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Sherraine Miller
Pre-Licensed Professional, ATR-P, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60605
Guided by my passion for healing through creativity & understanding, I'm a dedicated therapist poised to empower you on your unique journey. I offer a safe & affirming space for individuals & couples from all walks of life. My clients come to me looking to tackle women's issues, depression, anxiety, perinatal/postpartum mood & anxiety disorders, sexuality, intimacy & libido issues, grief, gender, loss, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem, LGBTQIA+ exploration, relationship challenges, & more. My mission is to help you navigate life's twists & turns, weaving a path to well-being that's uniquely yours.
Guided by my passion for healing through creativity & understanding, I'm a dedicated therapist poised to empower you on your unique journey. I offer a safe & affirming space for individuals & couples from all walks of life. My clients come to me looking to tackle women's issues, depression, anxiety, perinatal/postpartum mood & anxiety disorders, sexuality, intimacy & libido issues, grief, gender, loss, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem, LGBTQIA+ exploration, relationship challenges, & more. My mission is to help you navigate life's twists & turns, weaving a path to well-being that's uniquely yours.
(312) 598-0479 View (312) 598-0479
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Annet Chernyhovsky
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613  (Online Only)
My passion lies in supporting women through various stages in their life, such as relationship struggles, career and life transitions, finding one’s new identity, and other aspects of a woman’s life. I am a certified Perinatal Maternal Health provider and incredibly passionate about working with women who struggle with pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood, which can bring up feelings of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, disconnected from oneself or your relationships, a sense of shame, inadequacy, and self-esteem issues.
My passion lies in supporting women through various stages in their life, such as relationship struggles, career and life transitions, finding one’s new identity, and other aspects of a woman’s life. I am a certified Perinatal Maternal Health provider and incredibly passionate about working with women who struggle with pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood, which can bring up feelings of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, disconnected from oneself or your relationships, a sense of shame, inadequacy, and self-esteem issues.
(872) 219-0409 View (872) 219-0409
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Just InJoy Counseling, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAMS-II
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60643  (Online Only)
Women's issues, relationship issues, and pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum issues! Are you anxiously feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? Experiencing sadness due to constantly taking care of others, but neglecting yourself. Are you tired of silencing your voice even when you yearn to be heard? Do you find yourself staring into the mirror, asking yourself one of life's most profound question, "Who am I?"
Women's issues, relationship issues, and pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum issues! Are you anxiously feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? Experiencing sadness due to constantly taking care of others, but neglecting yourself. Are you tired of silencing your voice even when you yearn to be heard? Do you find yourself staring into the mirror, asking yourself one of life's most profound question, "Who am I?"
(773) 207-4593 View (773) 207-4593
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Annelise Miya Cunningham
Psychologist, PhD, PSYPACT
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60618  (Online Only)
More specifically, I offer services in perinatal and postpartum including traumatic delivery, NICU admission, high-risk pregnancy, complex medical diagnoses (fetal/infant/parent), infant/fetal/child loss, and postpartum anxiety and depression.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist trained in both adult and infant mental health. I am licensed in both Illinois and Colorado. In addition, I am credentialed through PSYPACT to provide virtual services in the following states: psypact.org/page/psypactmap. AMC The Practice was created to serve individuals facing unimaginable, unexpected, and overwhelming experiences related to pregnancy and postpartum periods. My approach to therapy focuses on building meaningful connection and relationship with each of my clients. It is within safe and secure relationships that processing, support, and healing happen. Services are all virtual.
More specifically, I offer services in perinatal and postpartum including traumatic delivery, NICU admission, high-risk pregnancy, complex medical diagnoses (fetal/infant/parent), infant/fetal/child loss, and postpartum anxiety and depression.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist trained in both adult and infant mental health. I am licensed in both Illinois and Colorado. In addition, I am credentialed through PSYPACT to provide virtual services in the following states: psypact.org/page/psypactmap. AMC The Practice was created to serve individuals facing unimaginable, unexpected, and overwhelming experiences related to pregnancy and postpartum periods. My approach to therapy focuses on building meaningful connection and relationship with each of my clients. It is within safe and secure relationships that processing, support, and healing happen. Services are all virtual.
(773) 531-8738 View (773) 531-8738
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Janet Stallman
Counselor, MA, LCPC, ATR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
People seek therapy for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes people come in because they are having problems with relationships or problems at work. Generally, they want to feel more at ease, content and confident. I also work with new parents who may be struggling with symptoms of post postpartum anxiety or depression. I like to collaborate with my clients to find new ways to navigate the challenges they face. We start by looking for perspectives that can diminish feelings like anxiety, frustration and sadness. We will work to understand why you make the choices you make and we will work toward making healthy changes that work for you.
People seek therapy for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes people come in because they are having problems with relationships or problems at work. Generally, they want to feel more at ease, content and confident. I also work with new parents who may be struggling with symptoms of post postpartum anxiety or depression. I like to collaborate with my clients to find new ways to navigate the challenges they face. We start by looking for perspectives that can diminish feelings like anxiety, frustration and sadness. We will work to understand why you make the choices you make and we will work toward making healthy changes that work for you.
(773) 669-6985 View (773) 669-6985
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Dr. Aisha Kazi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
I have advanced training in working with individuals struggling with chronic illness, cancer, infertility, pregnancy loss, third-party reproduction, postpartum depression and anxiety, and grief.
I believe it's important to have a place where you can feel safe and comfortable when in therapy. I try to provide that for my clients. There is usually a point in everyone's life where they need a little extra help and guidance to deal with depression, anxiety or stressful life events. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to get that help and work on improving your quality of life. You won't regret making yourself a priority even with all the other demands on your time.
I have advanced training in working with individuals struggling with chronic illness, cancer, infertility, pregnancy loss, third-party reproduction, postpartum depression and anxiety, and grief.
I believe it's important to have a place where you can feel safe and comfortable when in therapy. I try to provide that for my clients. There is usually a point in everyone's life where they need a little extra help and guidance to deal with depression, anxiety or stressful life events. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to get that help and work on improving your quality of life. You won't regret making yourself a priority even with all the other demands on your time.
(312) 854-2601 View (312) 854-2601
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Linda Williams
Counselor, MA, LCPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
I identify as a Black, queer therapist and use feminine and non-binary pronouns. I have 7 years of experience working with young adults, adults, and older adults for individual and couple’s therapy. I also have experience working with undergraduate and graduate students. Some of my specialty areas are anxiety, depression, complex trauma (racial, sexual, medical, developmental/childhood, intergenerational, and religious), life transitions, work stress, ADHD, postpartum and perinatal concerns, sexual functioning, kink/BDSM/poly, interpersonal relationships, grief, LGBTQIA+, and substance use.
I identify as a Black, queer therapist and use feminine and non-binary pronouns. I have 7 years of experience working with young adults, adults, and older adults for individual and couple’s therapy. I also have experience working with undergraduate and graduate students. Some of my specialty areas are anxiety, depression, complex trauma (racial, sexual, medical, developmental/childhood, intergenerational, and religious), life transitions, work stress, ADHD, postpartum and perinatal concerns, sexual functioning, kink/BDSM/poly, interpersonal relationships, grief, LGBTQIA+, and substance use.
(630) 828-6474 x2 View (630) 828-6474 x2
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Dr. Leslie Rubin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
Accepting New Patients in IL - I specialize in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hair-pulling/skin-picking, and generalized anxiety. I have over a decade of experience working in private practice, university counseling centers, hospitals, and schools. I also frequently work with individuals facing stress, major life transitions, and academic or work-related issues. I've worked extensively with students and professionals in fields like law, medicine, and business.
Accepting New Patients in IL - I specialize in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hair-pulling/skin-picking, and generalized anxiety. I have over a decade of experience working in private practice, university counseling centers, hospitals, and schools. I also frequently work with individuals facing stress, major life transitions, and academic or work-related issues. I've worked extensively with students and professionals in fields like law, medicine, and business.
(872) 246-7047 View (872) 246-7047
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Jennifer Levy
Counselor, MA, LCPC, CST
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611
In practice for 20 years, I am a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified sex therapist specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders as a starting place. Often underlying these disorders are issues with relationship patterns and stress related to stage of life transitions in both the personal and professional realms. In addition, I have expertise providing support during the prenatal and postpartum period, treating sexual health/functioning concerns, working through grief, loss and the challenge of infertility. Other ares of specialization include working with new mothers over 40 and young adults.
In practice for 20 years, I am a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified sex therapist specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders as a starting place. Often underlying these disorders are issues with relationship patterns and stress related to stage of life transitions in both the personal and professional realms. In addition, I have expertise providing support during the prenatal and postpartum period, treating sexual health/functioning concerns, working through grief, loss and the challenge of infertility. Other ares of specialization include working with new mothers over 40 and young adults.
(312) 313-2697 View (312) 313-2697
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Cynthia Bassuk
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647
Are you trying to find more balance in your life? I can help! I specialize in working with adults who are trying to improve their relationships, navigate infidelity and women/couples who are experiencing infertility or alternative paths to build a family. I support clients who are navigating pregnancy and the stress of early parenthood. I also offer therapy to women who are interested in being a Single Mother by Choice. I provide a supportive environment where you can feel heard and seen in a nonjudgmental space.
Are you trying to find more balance in your life? I can help! I specialize in working with adults who are trying to improve their relationships, navigate infidelity and women/couples who are experiencing infertility or alternative paths to build a family. I support clients who are navigating pregnancy and the stress of early parenthood. I also offer therapy to women who are interested in being a Single Mother by Choice. I provide a supportive environment where you can feel heard and seen in a nonjudgmental space.
(773) 249-2921 View (773) 249-2921
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Ashley Hartman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60643
I also am a board certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician (PMHC).
My practice specializes in providing individual therapy to women of all ages who are struggling with attachment trauma, anxiety, divorce, motherhood, and relationship conflict. My specializations include attachment focused EMDR, perinatal mental health, insecure attachment, anxiety, and trauma. I offer attachment informed psychotherapy which is based off the principle that early relationships with caregivers profoundly influence our ability to trust and feel safe with others. This can show up most commonly in our adult relationships.
I also am a board certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician (PMHC).
My practice specializes in providing individual therapy to women of all ages who are struggling with attachment trauma, anxiety, divorce, motherhood, and relationship conflict. My specializations include attachment focused EMDR, perinatal mental health, insecure attachment, anxiety, and trauma. I offer attachment informed psychotherapy which is based off the principle that early relationships with caregivers profoundly influence our ability to trust and feel safe with others. This can show up most commonly in our adult relationships.
(630) 283-8152 View (630) 283-8152
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Britni Ludwig
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60642
Are you ready to embrace growth and change? Seeking help can be hard, especially for those who pride themselves on being strong and independent. Therapy offers a valuable opportunity for self-discovery, growth, and transformation. I specialize in women's issues, particularly focusing on stress, anxiety, and the unique challenges of the postpartum period and early motherhood. If you're ready to figure out what's holding you back, improve your boundaries and relationships, and develop better coping strategies, you're taking a powerful step in the right direction. Let's work together to create the life you deserve.
Are you ready to embrace growth and change? Seeking help can be hard, especially for those who pride themselves on being strong and independent. Therapy offers a valuable opportunity for self-discovery, growth, and transformation. I specialize in women's issues, particularly focusing on stress, anxiety, and the unique challenges of the postpartum period and early motherhood. If you're ready to figure out what's holding you back, improve your boundaries and relationships, and develop better coping strategies, you're taking a powerful step in the right direction. Let's work together to create the life you deserve.
(312) 477-2840 View (312) 477-2840
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Dr. Sarah Pekoc
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60630
Waitlist for new clients
I wholeheartedly believe that everyone has the ability to heal from difficult life experiences and move forward to live a fulfilling and joyful life. I specialize in supporting children, adolescents, and adults through the healing process after they have been exposed to traumatic life events such as abuse/neglect, adoption, divorce, grief/loss, attachment difficulties, medical trauma, and other life stressors. I have a passion for working with individuals who have experienced traumas, caregivers experiencing postpartum/parenting difficulties, early childhood populations, and parent-child relationship issues.
I wholeheartedly believe that everyone has the ability to heal from difficult life experiences and move forward to live a fulfilling and joyful life. I specialize in supporting children, adolescents, and adults through the healing process after they have been exposed to traumatic life events such as abuse/neglect, adoption, divorce, grief/loss, attachment difficulties, medical trauma, and other life stressors. I have a passion for working with individuals who have experienced traumas, caregivers experiencing postpartum/parenting difficulties, early childhood populations, and parent-child relationship issues.
(773) 492-6869 View (773) 492-6869
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Kate Koslowsky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
I have over a decade of experience working with individuals from the childhood years to middle age, with recent specific training in perinatal mental health, the treatment of trauma, clinical supervision, and grief support.
I specialize in working with women in their 20s-30s experiencing anxiety and dissatisfaction in the midst of life transitions. I work collaboratively with clients to decrease worry, dissatisfaction and relationship conflict, as well as to increase confidence, insight and build and maintain new coping strategies for managing stress and unhappiness. I have a special interest in working with parents-to-be and first-time parents, and exploring the accompanying identity shifts that happen.
I have over a decade of experience working with individuals from the childhood years to middle age, with recent specific training in perinatal mental health, the treatment of trauma, clinical supervision, and grief support.
I specialize in working with women in their 20s-30s experiencing anxiety and dissatisfaction in the midst of life transitions. I work collaboratively with clients to decrease worry, dissatisfaction and relationship conflict, as well as to increase confidence, insight and build and maintain new coping strategies for managing stress and unhappiness. I have a special interest in working with parents-to-be and first-time parents, and exploring the accompanying identity shifts that happen.
(872) 206-9066 View (872) 206-9066
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Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists

What are the most effective ways to address pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum concerns?

The most effective way to address pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum concerns is by finding a therapist who has prior experience helping other patients overcome the challenge being faced. For example, a marriage and family therapist may have experience helping couples adjust to their new relationship dynamic. An anxiety specialist may have experience helping with phobias or illness anxiety related to the child’s health. A depression specialist may have experience treating postpartum depression.

When should I seek treatment for prenatal or postpartum concerns?

Pregnancy and the postpartum period involve intense physical and mental changes; a degree of upset and instability is normal. However, if these changes impair daily functioning, it may be time to seek help. This distinction is pertinent for postpartum depression: A period of teariness, irritability, and distress is difficult but normal in the one to two weeks after childbirth (sometimes called the “baby blues.”) But if feelings of sadness and hopelessness persist beyond that period, the person should seek treatment.

How do I manage worries during pregnancy or the postnatal period?

A therapist can help patients develop the tools they need to manage anxieties during or after pregnancy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people identify and reframe harmful patterns of thought, and change their behaviors. Other techniques and skills can allow people to develop acceptance, psychological flexibility, self-compassion, communication skills, and more.

Are there specific medications for postpartum depression?

In 2019, the FDA approved the first medication designed to treat postpartum depression. The medication is called brexanolone and is delivered intravenously by a medical professional over the course of a few days. However, typical antidepressants, which are more accessible, can also treat postpartum depression. The disorder is often best treated through a combination of medication and therapy.