Hey ladies, postpartum anxiety. Some of the feelings of a lot of worry after the baby comes maybe worry about yourself or worry that something might happen to your baby, or just not being able to sleep or to function and take care of yourself.
These could be some symptoms of postpartum anxiety.
Today we’re going to discuss some of the causes and some of the steps to getting help.
Sometimes we overlook mental health and mental health is just as important as physical health in the healing process.
So let’s step back, how are you doing? Are you very tired?
But you feel like, just not feeling like yourself. What’s going on?
I’ve had some women say that they feel physical changes of heart racing that you can’t stand to be still, that you’re worried about bad things might happen to the baby.
Is the baby breathing? Even if the baby’s sleeping, I can’t sleep.
Those maybe signs that you need to reach out to talk to your doctor.
Postpartum anxiety affects approximately 10% of women, of new moms.
And actually postpartum anxiety may be occurred during your pregnancy, as 6% of women have it during pregnancy as well.
So did you know that after delivery there’s a drop in the estrogen and progesterone and there’s hormone changes? Again, there’s a lot of stress.
You’re a new mom, you’re trying to take care of a baby, your body has changed again, you have this new role, you’re trying to figure out how to nurse or feed your baby as well as heal yourself.
So often women will have the baby blues and this may be a sadness, a time that we’re crying, angry, fearful, those types of things. And this may occur for the first two weeks or so after you’ve delivered.
Baby blues usually taper off after that, but a warning or a sign that you may be needing more assistance and more help is when these excessive worry, thoughts and concerns continue past two weeks.
This is a time to say, you know what, I might need help, I might need to schedule a doctor’s appointment. Don’t wait for that six week visit.
Go now, call your doctor, ask for help, it’s not your fault. You may be feeling guilty. You may be feeling like you’re a bad mom because you can’t take care of yourself and the baby. But you know what, there are other causes.
You need a doctor to evaluate and say, what’s going on?
What treatment do you need?
There could be a thyroid disorder that is causing some of this postpartum anxiety as well. Did you know that postpartum anxiety can come hand-in-hand with postpartum depression or it could be separate?
About 50% of the time, postpartum anxiety occurs by itself. So maybe you’re not having these sad feelings, these lows, low motivation, that type of thing.
Maybe you feel like it’s more worrisome. That is when you wanna to reach out.
Know that it’s treatable, it’s temporary and it’s not your fault. During this time you also can work on some things.
Sleep, I know that’s difficult. But can you try to get some sleep?
Reach out for help. Self-care is so important.
How are you doing on your eating, your nutrition, your water?
Those things can’t be overlooked in this healing process.
And it helps you and it affects you mentally as well.
How about support, reaching out for help?
Maybe that’s your husband, your partner, maybe it’s a friend, a girlfriend, maybe it’s a family member. But saying, I need more support, I need somebody to help me right now, reach out. And then also slow down your breathing.
Often we do more shallow breathing and faster breathing, especially when there’s anxiety.
So can you take some times to try to smell the roses and blow out the candles?
But most importantly, don’t suffer in silence. This is not your fault, you should not deal with this by yourself, ask for help.
There’s talk therapy, there’s a maternal mental health therapist, there are things that you can process, and professionally trained people to help you out but they can’t help you unless you reach out and let them know what’s going on.
So your one simple step, if you’re having these types of symptoms is to reach out and make that appointment with your doctor.
Take care of you, take care of your baby by getting help.