Postpartum anxiety occurs after childbirth, it leads mothers to worry excessively over their newborns.
This type of anxiety goes way beyond the acceptable style of worries mothers have about their children.
Women who go through postpartum anxiety worry constantly about little things like whether their babies are breathing properly or eating well and they panic over such matters most times.
These thoughts consume your entire being since you rarely have the opportunity to think about something else.
In some cases, mothers develop OCD after childbirth because of the intense need to constantly take care of their child.
If you're experiencing this type of anxiety, you'll constantly be in a state of unrest and dissatisfaction over how you care for your child.
It sometimes makes women overly protective of their children and in worst-case scenarios, they don't allow other people to get close to their children.
You may be asking, 'how do I know that I have postpartum anxiety?'
Signs of Postpartum Anxiety
The constant fear of the unknown about your baby's health
Apart from the physical signs of postpartum anxiety, you could also note that the person's emotions will become so disrupted that they;
Having a kid is not a child's play. Looking after children has never been easy.
When you get pregnant, your hormones become a very active part of your life, and most times, they dictate how you act if you can't control them. Hormones like oxytocin causes a mother and her baby to bond.
When postpartum anxiety kicks in, the function of oxytocin may turn into something fatal.
This hormone's function meant for good can turn ugly and cause the mother to obsess over the baby if she has postpartum anxiety.
While hormones play a significant role in causing postpartum anxiety, other external factors cause it:
Treatment for Postpartum Anxiety
Every woman has a unique way of thinking, which affects how they can personally handle postpartum anxiety.
With this in mind, it is of essence to note that each woman may have what works for her, it is advisable to visit a professional and see what works for you.
Highlighted below are a few means by which postpartum anxiety is treated.
How is Postpartum Anxiety Different From Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum anxiety brings about irrational worry over the care of a newborn child.
It makes mothers excessively protective of their babies.
However, postpartum depression on the other hand causes women to become depressed.
In worst-case scenarios, they neglect their responsibility to their kids and themselves.Postpartum depression has gained a lot of media attention, whereas postpartum anxiety is still in process of being identified.
It is easy to wave off postpartum anxiety as motherly care of newborns but it is just as dangerous as any other anxiety that is in existence.
If you notice any symptoms of postpartum anxiety after childbirth, you seek help because there's no shame in that.
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