Your mental health during and after pregnancy

Find support for your mental and emotional well-being. Montage Health offers mental healthcare designed especially for you as an expectant pregnant person or new parent.

Common concerns

Pregnancy and birth come with many changes that may be challenging or cause unexpected feelings. It’s normal for these changes to affect your:

  • Body
  • Confidence
  • Emotions
  • Identity
  • Mind
  • Living environment and relationships

Your family can help provide you with support, but they’ll need support, too. Rely on our experienced team for information and services for and your loved ones.

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs)

PMADs are common conditions that happen during and after pregnancy. Anyone can have symptoms of a PMAD, and you are not to blame if you experience them. You deserve compassionate, nonjudgmental support. We offer a wide range of treatment options and will help you find what works best for you.

Types of PMADs

PMADs include:

  • Anxiety, extreme worry or fear that may cause panic attacks, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms
  • Bipolar mood disorder, severe mood changes (highs and lows)
  • Depression, which causes negative feelings like guilt, hopelessness, sadness, and other emotions and may affect your sleep and eating habits. During your stay at the Family Birth Center, you’ll receive a postpartum depression screening
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which causes upsetting, repetitive, unwanted thoughts that may lead to repetitive behaviors
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to traumatic childbirth or other past trauma, causing flashbacks
  • Psychosis, which causes severe confusion and trouble knowing what things you experience are real

What are the baby blues?

After you give birth, your recovery not only includes physical healing, but special focus on your mental wellness. Most people (about 80%) experience the “baby blues” after having a baby. Symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia (not being able to fall or stay asleep) or wanting to sleep all the time
  • Feeling sad or crying a lot
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Impatience or irritability
  • Mood changes
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble concentrating

When to get help

Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms that are severe or lasting, such as:

  • Constant worry or feeling like something bad is going to happen
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, hopeless, or sad
  • Frequent crying
  • Hallucinations (hearing, seeing, or feeling things that don’t exist)
  • Intense anger or irritability
  • Lack of interest in your baby or activities you usually enjoy
  • Major changes in your sleeping or eating habits
  • Panic attacks or racing thoughts
  • Physical symptoms like dizziness, nausea, or hot flashes

Ohana Mama-Keiko

Access support from a team of maternal mental health specialists who meet you where you are on your parenting journey. Ohana Mama-Keiko is part of Montage Health Ohana, an innovative, affirming mental health program focused on helping families, children, and young people.

Our team understands that everyone’s experience of parenthood is different. Even if you have been a parent before, every child can bring new learnings and challenges. Our goal is to provide you and your loved ones with:

  • Family-centered care that follows a dyadic (parent-baby) approach
  • Parenting and family skill-building tips that enhance the strengths and knowledge you already have
  • Group learning opportunities to enhance your relationships and bonds
  • Guidance on supporting your baby’s healthy development

Reach out to the Ohana Mama-Keiki team by calling (831) 642-6201 if you have any questions about our services, need resources, or are seeking some support.

Other resources

Ask your doctor or our team about local and national resources that may be right for you during and after pregnancy. Download our community resources list to find descriptions and contact information for:

  • Free, confidential support groups for pregnant people, new parents, and people who have lost a pregnancy or child
  • Free, confidential phone call, text, and online chat counseling services available in English and Spanish
  • Domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide prevention, and other crisis services

Local therapists who accept different types of insurance, including Tricare, Medi-Cal/Medicare, and private plans

Get help now

Call 911 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital if you are hearing voices, feeling suicidal, or having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby.

24/7 National Crisis Services

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline for free, confidential support if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one during any type of mental health crisis:

  • Text HOME to 741741

Call 1-800-273-8255

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