There’s a lot of buzz about Postpartum Depression, but its sister illness, Postpartum Anxiety, rarely gets any headlines. This is unfortunate because postpartum anxiety symptoms are on the rise!
If you’ve had a baby sometime in the past year and you feel a bit…off…you may have some very treatable postpartum anxiety hormone imbalances.
The truth is, you can’t make progress on getting better if you don’t even realize you’re sick. My goal today is to help shine a light on these postpartum anxiety symptoms so you can know ahead of time what you to watch for.
The Postpartum Anxiety Symptoms You Should Know About
Here’s how a mom with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health described her postpartum anxiety symptoms:
I can remember sitting on my couch and being absolutely overwhelmed with a general sense that something terrible was going to happen and there was nothing I could do about it. My gaze would land at every hazard in my house (which is like, you know, EVERYTHING) and I would picture my baby somehow being maimed. I was scared to be alone with him, but I was also afraid to leave his side.MightyMoms.club writer Holly Vanderheyden
If a mom with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health can be caught unawares by postpartum anxiety systems, you shouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t thought about it either. Here are the things you want to watch for:
- Racing/Intrusive thoughts: Have you had things cross your mind that really shocked you? So much so that you thought, “Where did that come from? That is not like me.”
- Disturbed sleep or eating: Ok ok, everyone with a newborn should check this one! But, when you finally have time to sleep, are you unable to because you’re so worried?
- Feeling restless or “on edge” all the time.
- Persistent worry.
- Fear that you might hurt the baby, or intense fear of objects in your house (stairs, knives, etc.)
- A compulsive need to “check” things in the house. You might even develop routines to calm yourself down, like locking all of the doors multiple times a day.
- A sense of dread that something terrible is about to happen.
- Physical signs such as nausea, headaches, or muscle tension.
- Feeling afraid that you’ll never be “normal” again.
- Feeling scared to tell family or friends because your baby might be taken away.
If any of these things feel familiar to you, do the right thing—for you and your baby. Pick up the phone and call your doctor. Be evaluated. This is something you can treat! You don’t have to live in this scary fog forever.
You’re Going to Forget, so Print Off This Free Printable
Even if you’ve read through that list and thing you’re okay…you may not be okay in a week or two. That’s why we created this free printable of postpartum anxiety symptoms. So you could have this list around, and can check it periodically—or even share it with a friend who you think could be suffering!
Just fill out the form below and I’ll email it straight over to your Inbox. Time to fight this fear with knowledge. Knowledge of what these postpartum anxiety symptoms look like so you can go to your doctor and get the help you need to shed that dark mantle and finally feel the warm rays of a mother’s love!
Yes, friend. There’s a way out of this heaviness, you just have to be bold enough to take the first step and learn these postpartum anxiety symptoms. I’ll even hold your hand. You ready?
You Are Not Alone.
Millions of women have suffered from postpartum anxiety and come out on the other side singing. You can too. It starts by understanding the symptoms.