Do I have Postpartum Anxiety?

Moms worry a lot. We worry when we get pregnant about what we eat and drink. Then after we deliver we worry about what they eat and drink. We worry about germs, safety, money, sleeping, crying, and so much more. Sometimes it feels like worrying is one of the main duties in our job description. It can be hard to tell when a mother’s worrying crosses the line from regular mom worry into anxiety. If you are wondering if you may be experiencing perinatal or postpartum anxiety consider some of the other symptoms listed below related to postpartum anxiety.

  1. Rushed speech, or racing thoughts
  2. Dizziness, light headed, or headaches
  3. Worrying that results in knots in your stomach, or nausea
  4. Restless feelings in the body that cause nervous activity like shaking, bouncing, tapping, etc.
  5. Worrying about things that are out of your control, irrational thoughts

If you are experiencing some of the above symptoms and think you may have postpartum anxiety, please reach out for professional help from a counselor. Postpartum anxiety is totally treatable. Remember that this is not your fault, you are not to blame. You are also not alone in your experience; 1 in 7 women have a postpartum mental health complication like postpartum anxiety. If you get help you will get well and experience relief from your symptoms.

It is important to be aware of other similar conditions; Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Postpartum Panic Disorder, and Postpartum Depression. For more information on these conditions visit www.postpartum.net.

 

 

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