As postpartum mood disorders are increasingly discussed rather than stigmatized, and high-profile celebrities are speaking out about their struggles, our society is beginning to understand how common mood symptoms appear during and after pregnancy. This has helped pave the way for more women to feel comfortable being honest about their less-than-rosy experiences with pregnancy and new motherhood.
In fact, 15 to 20 percent of women suffer from a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD). Consider the enormity of that number: One of every five to seven moms sitting at lunch or in a meeting or a dinner party has, or is still struggling with, a mood disorder during and/or after pregnancy.
Despite a newfangled awareness, there remains a lot of inaccurate information and misconceptions surrounding depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy. Let’s discuss the top five thing many women get wrong about antepartum (during pregnancy) and postpartum illness: