Becoming a new mom is like getting on a rollercoaster ride – it’s exhilarating, it’s unpredictable, and it can leave you feeling a little dizzy. But what happens when the ride starts to feel a little too overwhelming? What if the twists and turns of motherhood bring on feelings of worry and anxiety that just won’t go away?
Well, that’s where postpartum anxiety (PPA) comes in. It’s a common condition that affects many new moms, and it’s important to understand what it is and how to recognize it.
So, buckle up and let’s dive into the world of PPA.
What is Postpartum Anxiety?
PPA is a type of anxiety disorder that affects women after childbirth. It is different from postpartum depression (PPD) but can coexist with it. PPA can occur anytime within the first year after giving birth and can cause a range of symptoms.
Symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety
The symptoms of PPA can vary from person to person, but some common signs include:
● Constant worry or fear about the baby’s safety
● Feeling on edge or restless
● Racing thoughts or difficulty concentrating
● Difficulty sleeping, even when the baby is sleeping
● Physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, or a racing heart
● Avoiding social situations or leaving the house
These symptoms can interfere with a new mother’s ability to care for herself and her baby, and can also affect her relationships with loved ones.
Getting Help for Postpartum Anxiety
If you are experiencing symptoms of PPA, it is essential to seek help from a healthcare provider. There are several treatments available, including therapy and medication. Talking with a therapist or counselor can help you learn coping strategies for managing your anxiety. Medication may also be prescribed, but it is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.
In addition to seeking professional help, there are also several self-care strategies that new mothers can use to manage their anxiety. These include:
- Getting enough rest and sleep
- Eating a healthy diet
- Engaging in regular exercise
- Practicing relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises
- Seeking support from loved ones or joining a new mother support group
You deserve to enjoy this precious time with your little one, free from overwhelming anxiety. Don’t let postpartum anxiety rob you of the joy of motherhood. Reach out for help and take control of your mental health so that you can cherish every moment with your baby. Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and there is hope for a brighter tomorrow.
About the author
Author: Mayeling Angelastro MA, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor dedicated in helping individuals, families, couples, children and teenagers in the Horizon West, Windermere and Dr Phillips area.