Anxiety During Pregnancy and Postpartum: A Guide for Mothers - MedCircle

Dr. Sarah Oreck

Anxiety During Pregnancy and Postpartum: A Guide for Mothers

5 Sessions

1 in 5 pregnant women suffer from anxiety that isn’t part of natural pregnancy or childbirth. Learn the signs & strategies from a reproductive psychiatrist.


  • Get new series releases weekly
  • Dial into weekly Ask the Doctor calls

$10 / month ($120 paid annually)

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5 Sessions

1 in 5 pregnant women suffer from anxiety that isn’t part of natural pregnancy or childbirth. Learn the signs & strategies from a reproductive psychiatrist.



$10 / month ($120 paid annually)

  • Plus a new series every week
  • Dial into weekly Ask the Doctor calls

About the Series

Many new and expectant mothers deprioritize their own mental health and think they need to “stick it out” for the sake of their new or unborn child. Studies show that many believe they are supposed to be constantly happy that they’re pregnant or that they have a new infant, or that having a mental health issue during the pre- or postnatal period is a sign of failure or incompetence as a mother.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. As leading reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Oreck notes, the period of “matrescence,” or the transition into motherhood, is like going through puberty all over again. This time of transition isn’t meant to be perfect. However, when anxiety during pregnancy or motherhood impedes everyday functioning, intervention is needed. This series is the educational tool all new and expectant mothers need to spot the signs of perinatal anxiety and effectively cope with its symptoms.

Left untreated, perinatal anxiety leads to adverse biological, behavioral, mental, and medical outcomes for the baby. These outcomes include mental and emotional problems and disorders, irritability, cognitive issues, and attachment issues. So the education this series offers is a crucial tool in ensuring long-term happiness and healthiness not just for the mother, but for the child, too.

“It’s not a choice between being a good mother and getting treated for your mental health. Just because you’re having those issues doesn’t mean you’re not a good mom. And [getting treated] is setting you up to enjoy your life and enjoy your baby so you don’t miss out on those first months.”

Dr. Sarah Oreck

Dr. Sarah Oreck

Who is this For?

This series is for new mothers who may be experiencing anxiety. It’s also for expectant mothers who notice a change in their anxiety levels.

This series is also incredibly helpful for partners and loved ones of new and expectant mothers.

Some of What You Will Learn

  • How the hormonal and behavioral changes during pregnancy affect a woman’s mental health

  • The difference between “the Baby Blues” and a clinical perinatal mental health issue

  • The signs that a healthy level of anxiety during pregnancy and new motherhood has become a disorder and needs intervention

  • Why some new and expectant mothers are more likely to develop perinatal anxiety

  • How to find mental health resources specifically for new and expectant mothers - and how to find a provider that will ensure new and expectant mothers receive safe treatment

  • How to discuss mental health concerns with the new or expectant mother’s OB/GYN and other providers

  • Key support strategies for spouses, loved ones, adoptive parents, and surrogate parents


Session Overview

  • Session1

    Perinatal Mental Health Changes to Expect vs. When It Becomes an Issue

    In this session, you’ll learn the mental health changes to expect as a result of the hormonal and behavioral changes during pregnancy. You’ll also understand when anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period becomes an issue, and the adverse effects on the mother and child if the issue goes unaddressed or untreated.

  • Session2

    Perinatal Anxiety Causes & Who Is Most at Risk

    Pregnancy and new motherhood are full of hormonal, behavioral, and physical changes. In this session, you’ll learn how these changes and other genetic factors affect the chances of developing perinatal anxiety. You’ll also understand the difference between perinatal anxiety and the typical “Baby Blues.”

  • Session3

    How to Spot the Symptoms of Perinatal Anxiety

    Most postpartum mental health issues actually begin during pregnancy. In this session, you’ll get a step-by-step guide on how to differentiate between regular pregnancy behaviors and symptoms of a more serious anxiety issue.

  • Session4

    The Screening Process, Treatments, Medications, Providers, & More

    The screening process for perinatal mental health issues is not as standardized as it is for more “standard” mental health disorders. So in this session, Dr. Oreck walks through how to get properly screened for perinatal anxiety and how to involve your OB/GYN and other providers in seeking treatment. She also goes in-depth on medication management and therapy options during this unique transitional time.

  • Session5

    Resources for Supporters, Adoptive Parents, Surrogate Parents, & More

    Support during pregnancy and new motherhood is crucial - especially when it comes to managing perinatal anxiety. In our final session, you’ll learn communication and behavioral strategies that supporters can use during this time of change. You’ll also gain insight into effective treatments and resources for supporters, adoptive parents, and surrogate parents.


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