While pregnancy and postpartum can be exciting, it can also be a stressful time as we plan for and think about this life-changing event! We get support to take care of our physical self, but our emotional self-care can be neglected.
This virtual class helps make space for emotional self-care by addressing the normal emotional changes that happen during pregnancy and after birth. The class will also provide strategies to manage stress and low mood. Participants will not be asked to share personal information (this is not a therapy group).
Topics covered will include:
- What is self-care, why it matters, and how to do it!
- Common emotional changes during pregnancy and after birth, and strategies for addressing them
- Managing preexisting mental health issues during and after pregnancy
- Tips for managing anxieties and fears around labor and early parenting
- Medication concerns
- “Baby blues”
- Postpartum depression
- Understanding risk factors
- Proactive preventative measures
- What to expect your mood to do during and after pregnancy
- How to get help and support with postpartum depression
- Where to get further help and support
- How to support your partner during pregnancy and after birth
Each class is very informal in nature. This class is not intended as psychological therapy but will provide information on general issues, self-help strategies, and signposting for where people can get psychological support if needed.
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About the instructor:
Ellie Wheeler, Ph.D. is a Psychologist and mum of 4. She is from the United Kingdom. Ellie got her Master’s degree in Psychology and Mathematics from the University of St. Andrews in 2002 and went on to gain her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2009. Before completing her doctorate she worked as a nanny for a number of years, specializing in working with children with special needs. After graduating, she worked as a psychologist in the UK, with young people suffering from eating disorders and their families.