When to ask for help and give yourself grace.
In “Navigating the Transition to Parenthood,” Katherine Collison, Ph.D. provides an overview of the physical and emotional changes that take place during and after pregnancy, information about postpartum depression and anxiety, and recommendations for resources and strategies that can help parents navigate this transition.
"Whether the road leading to parenthood was long or short, meticulously planned or a surprise detour: having a child is life changing," notes Dr. Collison. "This transition in identity and day-to-day living can be (all at once) joyous and exhausting, beautiful and frustrating, meaningful and uncertain. It requires a new balance and dynamic, which is challenging and stressful for all new parents. For some, this transition can also lead to significant mental health challenges."
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