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HomeHealth and LifestyleMother's Day isn't always happy for some new moms

Mother’s Day isn’t always happy for some new moms

KAWARTHA LAKES-Happy Mother’s Day? For some, this is far from the case.

An estimated two in 10 women will suffer from maternal mental health problems during pregnancy and in the first year following the birth of a baby according to the Health Unit. That’s why the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is highlighting the issue locally and the resources available to assist women in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“Mother’s Day is the special day when we recognize mothers and all they do for us,” says Yona Attis, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “The fact is, however, that many can experience feelings of depression and mood/anxiety disorders during pregnancy and after a baby is born. These feelings can make being a mom very difficult.”

 Researchers are unsure of the exact cause of maternal mental health problems, but believe they are related to many factors such as stress, financial worries, changes in hormones, past depression, relationship problems and lack of support. According to Attis, maternal mental health problems are more common than people think and can affect any woman regardless of their health, level of income or where they live.

 “We see that more than 75 per cent of women going through maternal mental health problems do not get diagnosed and do not receive adequate treatment and support,” she adds. “This in turn can lead to long-term consequences for both mother and baby.”

 Support from others – especially partners and family members – is vital for expectant and new mothers experiencing depression and anxiety. “Talking to someone about these types of feelings is an important step,” Attis says. “It’s not about blaming or judging the person, but caring and helping them through challenging times.”

Expectant or new mothers facing depression or anxiety are urged to call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003, and speak to a Public Health Nurse. Health Unit nurses can provide assistance and links to resources in the community.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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