Giving birth is one of the most physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding things we can do — and the days, weeks, and months that follow aren’t easy either. (Despite being – hopefully – full of plenty of magic, too).
For LGBTQ+ individuals, however, the challenges often multiply. Postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety, and birth-related PTSD, can affect anyone who has just given birth. But while research on the topic is slim, studies indicate higher instances of PPD among lesbian and bi individuals, and greater overall rates of mental health conditions among the LGBTQ+ community, increasing their odds of experiencing postpartum mental health concerns.
Being LGBTQ+ doesn’t automatically make you more vulnerable to experiencing conditions like depression and anxiety. However, the Mental Health Foundation points out that if you experience discrimnation, isolation, or rejection because of your sexuality or gender identity, it may lead to poor mental health.
New parenthood can be a really exciting time, but it’s also incredibly tough, especially when you factor in sleepless nights. If you don’t feel supported by your medical professional or your biological or chosen family, you can end up feeling very alone.
That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the most common mental health concerns new LGBTQ+ parents face, along with information on where to find support.