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Postpartum Anxiety

Perinatal Anxiety: How To Manage Antepartum and Postpartum Anxiety

Life transitions can be stressful for anyone, and becoming pregnant and having a baby are some of the most major changes some women experience in their lifetime. From the physical changes your body goes through to the transformation of your life after birth, it can feel impossible to find your bearings when everything in your life (and your body) is constantly shifting. As you prepare for these life-altering experiences, your anxiety is likely to reach its peak. Perinatal anxiety refers to disruptive, excess anxiety in women during pregnancy and up to one year after birth. This can include antepartum anxiety, which occurs during pregnancy, and postpartum anxiety, which begins after childbirth. Some level of anxiousness and anticipation during these major life events is normal. However, perinatal...

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Birth Trauma: What No One Talks About After Having a Baby

Many people understand and expect women to have to heal and recover physically after having a baby. While women are strong and resilient individuals, your body undergoes many changes and challenges over the course of pregnancy, and labor and delivery can be very painful and leave you with scars or even bodily injuries. However, for many women, the damage from labor can also be emotional and lead to birth trauma.   Birth trauma is a term used for women who experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after giving birth. It is a real, diagnosable condition that can cause women to feel anxious or hypervigilant, often reliving memories from labor or frequently experiencing nightmares.   If you’d describe your birth experience as traumatic, you’re not alone. As many as 45%...

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Becoming a Mother: What These Psychiatrists Want You To Know

Whether you’ve recently found out you’re pregnant or are already holding your infant in your arms, becoming a mother can be a roller coaster ride. While being a new mom comes with its share of joy and excitement, it can be difficult to admit that many moments are frustrating and downright exhausting. The important thing to remember is that every mother’s journey is unique. You may have been planning to join the motherhood club for months, or your pregnancy could have taken you completely by surprise at a less-than-ideal time. You’re allowed to feel stressed and have difficulties adjusting to this new stage of your life — and it’s okay to ask for help. While it may seem like you never have a moment to yourself anymore,...