However, if it starts to interfere with your daily routines and lasts longer than two weeks it may be helpful to seek help. These are 5 symptoms to watch out for when pregnant or postpartum.
1. Excessive Worries
This is one of the main symptom associated with anxiety. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with the transition to parenthood. Worries can be absolutely normal, unless they start to feel constant and uncontrollable. This could include interfering with your ability to function in your daily routine. Worries include feeling so concerned about your baby’s health as well as being concerned about money to the point that you are not sleeping or avoiding going out in public. Worries can start to become so overwhelming that you start to feel anxious even when you are not doing a task which is specifically stressful.
Sleep is so important during the postpartum period. Especially, if you have a history of struggling with mental health issues. Often times sleep can be disrupted by overthinking and excessive worries. If you are struggling with sleep and it has nothing to do with your babies sleep habit, it is important to keep note of it. Sleep difficulties could include: interrupted sleep, difficulty falling asleep and early morning awakenings.
If you have noticed more than a few of these symptoms and that they are interfering with your daily routine or ability to bond with your baby, it may be helpful to speak with your doctor or get in contact with your family doctor and/or reach out to a mental health professional who specializes in treating peripartum anxiety. Psychological techniques such as mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapy are evidence based strategies which can help decrease anxiety and promote improved bonding with your baby.
B Healthy Counselling specializes in supporting women and couples during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
She has worked in various areas of mental health with a special interest in Women’s Mental Health and Couples Counselling. Formally, she founded and led the Women’s Mental Health Clinic at William Osler Health and has continued to work with women and couples on their goals.