Signs and Symptoms

Usually appears after the baby is born, but can emerge during pregnancy.

Baby Blues
  • Mild depression, anxiety, crying lasting up to two weeks.

Postpartum Depression

  • Sad mood, irritability, hopelessness.  Symptoms are more severe and longer lasting than Baby Blues.

Postpartum Panic Disorder

  • Excessive worry and fears

  • Anxiety, panic attacks

​Postpartum OCD

  • Repetitive, disturbing thoughts

  • Compulsive behaviors to reduce the thoughts

  • Horror about having those thoughts

​Postpartum Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Recurring nightmares, excessive anxiety, reliving of past traumatic events

Postpartum Psychosis

  • Delusions and hallucinations that require immediate medical attention

Risk Factors

If you recognize any of the following symptoms, you are at higher risk for developing perinatal adjustment problems.

  • Previous experience with postpartum depression
  • Depression or anxiety during pregnancy.
  • Personal or family history of depression/anxiety
  • Abrupt weaning.
  • Social isolation or poor support
  • History of premenstrual syndrome. (PMS)
  • Mood changes while taking birth control pill or fertility medication
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • History of infertility
  • History of fetal loss

East Valley Maternal Wellness, PLLC


1166 E. Warner Rd.  Ste. 101

Gilbert AZ 85296

Located between Lindsey and Val Vista

Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC 

East Valley Maternal Wellness, PLLC

Why Didn't Someone Warn Me?Dealing with perinatal adjustment.

What it is...

  •  Women's emotional changes during pregnancy

  •  Usually during the first year after the baby is born

  •  Symptoms can very from mild to severe.

What mothers think and feel...

  •  "I feel like running away."

  •  "I'm a rotten mother."

  •  "I feel like I'm going crazy."

  •  "I think of hurting myself or the baby."

Perinatal Adjustment Symptoms Are Treatable


  • You are not alone!

  • You are not to blame!

  • ​You will be well!