Postpartum & Parenting Support
After baby arrives, 16% of mothers who conceived through infertility treatment report postpartum symptoms*, compared with 10% moms who conceived without reproductive assistance.** This increase for fertility patients is attributed to fertility struggles, preoccupation with pregnancy and lack of readiness for parenthood, multiple births and caesarean deliveries.
*Journal of Fertility and Sterility, 84: 426-430
**American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Symptoms of postpartum issues include:
• Sadness, anxiety, depression, irritability
• Difficulty bonding with baby
• Problems with appetite or sleep
• Obsessive thoughts
• Feeling of loss of control
• Worries about not being able to care for your baby
The “baby blues” usually subside in 2 weeks after childbirth. If depressed feelings last more than two weeks, consult a postpartum counselor. Treatment should be started as soon as possible and can be very successful.