Coping with Stress & Anxiety in Pregnancy

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Has Stress, Anxiety, or Depression Taken Over Your Pregnancy? Could You Use Some Tools to Feel More Calm, Cool, & Collected? Do You Wish You Could Enjoy this Time More; for You and Your Partner?

Can you relate to any of the following reasons you may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, depressed or anxious during this pregnancy...this time is precious please don't waste it getting caught up in your head!  I can provide you with proven ways to turn down the volume on your racing thoughts and anxious feelings and  teach you to feel calmer and more relaxed as you navigate your pregnancy and new motherhood:   

  • Do you feel significantly triggered by the news and uncertainty of the current Covid-19 crisis?
  • Do you have a history of anxiety or panic disorder and this pregnancy has triggered new worries and fears?
  • Have you gone through IVF treatments, suffered previous pregnancy losses, or have been labeled as "high risk?" and can't seem to relax?
  • Have you experienced or are experiencing a recent stressful event such as a job change, marital difficulties, loss of a loved one, etc.?
  • Are you fearful or preoccupied with giving birth and the pain or uncertainty of what will happen to you or your child?
  • Was your pregnancy was unexpected or unplanned? 
  • Do you feel unprepared to become a mother or worry that you will be unable to juggle work and family?
  • Does your partner seem uninvolved or unavailable and you feel like you are alone in the pregnancy or planning of this child?
  • Are you worried how your relationship will change once the baby comes?
  • Would you or others describe you as having a "Type A" personality or perfectionist? 
  • Does your partner suffer from depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, or other mental health issues and you feel affected by the shifts in your partners emotions?


Read on to find out how I work with mom's-to-be who are feeling anxiety and stress in pregnancy using evidenced based counseling and therapy methods at my Hollywood Florida location (which is a 15 minute drive from Aventura). I also offer Videocounseling throughout Florida.

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Are you worried about the effects of stress and anxiety on your unborn baby?

If you are like other pregnant women I have worked with, then you are probably worried about the effects of stress and anxiety during pregnancy on your unborn child. While there is research that supports this concern; there is also research that supports that managing your stress and anxiety can substantially minimize your risks and produce very good outcomes both for you and your baby. 


Risks Associated with Stress and Anxiety in Pregnancy

  • Increased chance of developing postpartum depression (also known as perinatal mood disorder);
  • Difficulty with breastfeeding;
  • Challenges with bonding with the baby or mother-infant interactions;
  • Temperament or sleep challenges of the baby;
  • Developmental issues/delays.
  • premature labor
  • low birth weight


Evidenced based counseling and coaching can help you develop tools and strategies to cope and manage with anxiety and stress in pregnancy and mentally and emotionally prepare for becoming a mom or adding to your family.

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Wellness Coaching & Counseling for Anxious Moms-to-Be

Everyday I help moms-to-be effectively manage and lessen their stress and anxiety in pregnancy. Together we develop a wellness strategy to decrease anxiety and stress during this important time. During weekly video-sessions, moms-to-be learn to effectively identify and cope  with their sources of stress, manage their fearful/anxious thoughts, and increase their sense of calm, peace, and well being.  Wellness Coaching & Therapy can be especially helpful for:

  • Moms who have experienced a recent stressful event (marital issues,  loss of a job, experienced the loss of a loved one, and yes, Covid-19);
  • Moms expecting twins or multiples;
  • Moms with a history of postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorder;
  • Moms who have a history of mental health challenges - depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, abuse;
  • Moms who do not have an adequate support system;
  • Moms who secretly are overly anxious and stressed about giving birth;
  • Moms who don't have full faith or confidence in the medical staff or process;
  • Moms whose partner struggles with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, or other mental health issues; 
  • Moms with substantial symptoms during their pregnancy; weight loss, panic, sleeplessness, racing thoughts, etc.
  • Moms who do not want to resort to taking anti-anxiety medications during pregnancy or breastfeeding or want to improve their effectiveness.
  • Moms who feel affected by social media posts and/or the news.


Recent research indicates addressing anxiety in pregnancy has protective factors related to perinatal mood disorders.  As a mental health professional specializing in therapy for pregnant and new mothers, we can emotionally and psychologically prepare you for the challenges of birth and delivery and beyond.

Getting Help with Stress & Anxiety in Pregnancy

Dr Laura Meyer, a Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C) psychotherapist, talks from her Hollywood office about the importance of finding effective treatment options for dealing with stress and anxiety in pregnancy while also lowering the risks associated to mom and baby! Evidence-based therapy can aid moms who are anxious and pregnant to feel calmer, more in control, and empowered about pregnancy, labor & delivery, and becoming a new parent.

Transitioning to Parenthood Webinars

Dr Laura Meyer is an invited guest speaker and perinatal mental health expert at Memorial Regional Hospital's "Becoming a Mom/Maternal Role Transition" Series. 

05/27/2020

Wellness Essentials for New Moms & Dads Webinar

2:00pm - 3:00PM

Free Webinar

05/27/2020

Wellness Essentials for New Moms & Dads Webinar

Dr. Laura Meyer is the guest speaker for this Memorial Regional Hospital sponsored webinar about how best to take care of your mental health...

2:00pm - 3:00PM

Free Webinar

Certifications

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