pregnancy & postpartum anxiety

Approximately 6% of pregnant women and 10% postpartum develop anxiety either alone or in addition to depression.

Symptoms can include the following:

  • Constant worry
  • Feeling that something bad will happen
  • Racing thoughts
  • Disturbances of sleep or appetite
  • Inability to sit still
  • Physical symptoms such as dizziness, hot flashes, and nausea

Risk factors for perinatal anxiety and panic include a personal or family history of anxiety, previous perinatal depression or anxiety, or thyroid imbalance.

Don't be afraid, remember that this is only temporary and can be treated with professional help.

For more information, support, and resources please visit Postpartum Support International at www.postpartum.net or call them at 1-800-944-4773(4PPD).