Trauma Can Happen Anytime, Including During Pregnancy: Therapy Can Give It (And You) Needed Attention
Traumatic experiences can happen at any stage of our lives. At Tribeca Maternity, we recognize that sometimes trauma happens when you’re pregnant that’s unrelated to your pregnancy. In in-person therapy sessions at our Lower Manhattan therapy offices, as well as phone therapy and video therapy sessions, we give attention to the trauma you’re experiencing so that you can focus on a new baby and a new beginning in your life.
Traumatic Events Don’t Have to Be Personal or New to Have an Impact
Trauma can look many different ways. It can be something that’s happened in our lives or in the news; it can be personal or collective, historical or recent. And the way we and our bodies respond to trauma is often heightened during pregnancy—not because you’re more emotional, but because you realize the world is bigger now that you’re bringing a new baby into it. Past experiences of trauma can also resurface during pregnancy, particularly as your body changes. Whatever form of trauma may be affecting your emotional life, it’s important to attend to it.
We Unpack Trauma in Therapy so It Doesn’t Fester
While the first concern about traumatic stress is often for the wellbeing of the baby, traumatic stress affects you too, and you deserve attention. Trauma has a way of getting in, whether we want it to or not. In online therapy, we will:
- Talk about the trauma so that it doesn’t fester
- Unpack and grieve in order to find a way forward
- Take ownership of what you want and need during this difficult time
- Find ways to care for yourself and your pregnancy, even if something happened to you or is happening around you
Couples Therapy Allows Partners to Address Trauma Together
In couples therapy, we help both partners address trauma actively rather than passively letting it trickle into the relationship, pregnancy, or parenthood. We work with couples to understand how the trauma is affecting each partner during this stage of the relationship so that they can grieve, feel, and plan together.