Approximately 10% of new mothers develop anxiety.
Anxiety can occur alone or in addition to depression. Perinatal anxiety — during pregnancy or the first year after giving birth — is temporary and treatable with professional help.
As with all PMADs, perinatal anxiety is not your fault and you are not to blame. We understand what you are going through and will connect you to resources and people who understand and can help.
The symptoms of anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum might include:
- Constant worry
- Racing thoughts
- Inability to sit still
- Disturbances of sleep or appetite
- Feeling that something bad is going to happen
- Physical symptoms like dizziness, hot flashes, and nausea
Risk factors for perinatal anxiety and panic include:
- Personal or family history of anxiety
- Previous perinatal depression or anxiety
- Thyroid imbalance
Content provided by Postpartum Support International.