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Postpartum Anxiety

During the period of being pregnant and up to 12 months after giving birth to your baby, you may experience postpartum anxiety. 1 in 5 mothers report experiencing postpartum anxiety but many providers feel this number is low because it goes unreported. 

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Symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety

There is no shame in Postpartum Anxiety.

As new moms, we often talk about the beauty of having a new baby. The exciting part of growing a family, but often we don't "keep it real" and we hide behind our symptoms to show the world we can handle it all. And we can handle it, but sometimes we need help along the way. There is no shame in that. There is no shame in taking care of ourselves along side of taking care of our baby.

Maternal Mental Health Should Not be Ignored

Your mental health as a caretaker makes a tremendous impact on your baby. Your baby co-regulates with you. So if you are anxious all the time, your baby will learn to be anxious all the time. If you are depressed all the time, your baby will learn to be sad all the time. Your regulation is critical to your baby's regulation. After one of the biggest mountains to climb in parenting is assisting our children with their emotions. 

 

You make the biggest impact on that baby and the postpartum period is extremely hard. They say it takes a village. They are not wrong. Getting help is important. 

For those of that have experienced trauma, so often our past trauma floods into our systems in the postpartum period. Many of your symptoms could be the result of old experiences. 

You don't have to stay this way. You can heal. You can be present with your baby. You can feel different. 

“Shame - I am bad. The focus is on self, not behavior. The result is feeling flawed and unworthy of love, belonging, and connection. Shame is not a driver of positive change.
 
You get back a quiz and your grade is F. Your self-talk is I'm so stupid."

Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart

Researcher

Results when you don't experience postpartum distress 

01.

Better Attachment to Baby

02.

Regulation

03.

Improved focus

04.

Increased confidence

05.

Reduced symptoms

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