Postpartum/postnatal anxiety

I have a healthy beautiful baby girl who is just shy of 6 months old, but recently I have really been struggling with what I’m assuming is postpartum anxiety and I guess I’m just reaching out looking for some support. my husband does the best he can but he doesn’t seem to really get what I’m going through and more often than not try as he might (and he really does try) he ends up making my anxiety worse, by dismissing it or making jokes trying to ease my mind, which I can’t blame him all through my pregnancy he was the one freaking out worrying something was wrong and I was the calm one and now he just doesn’t know what to do.

I’ve suffered from Anxiety my whole life, and usually I can keep it under control with coping techniques. And so while certain things in life (like calling people on the phone or driving) are harder for me I’ve always always been able to handle it. But I can tell it’s starting to get overwhelming and get a little out of control (when you obsessively feel the need to wash your baby down with soap & water/sanitizer and can’t bring yourself to kiss your baby because you might give her a cold sore even though you have no signs of one nor have ever had one there’s a problem.) I plan on talking to my dr. And I’m also going to add more exercise and socializing to my schedule (cause let’s be honest winter is always hard for mental health)

I’m really just hoping there’s someone else out there who’s had a similar experience and can relate and looking for a little hope that it gets better. I hate feeling like I’m missing all these sweet moments with my baby because of my anxiety (which then makes me feel guilty and in turn makes my anxiety worse ”)

[name_m]Hi[/name_m]! I have postnatal anxiety :slight_smile: for me it stems from postnatal PTSD. My son is 2. I can honestly say my anxiety is in a pretty good place right now - there have been ups and downs along the way. It’s good you are speaking to your doctor, that’s the best first step. You NEED someone professional to talk to - counsellor, psychologist, psychiatrist, whoever it is, this is absolutely essential. It is worth considering medication too. I’m in Australia so not sure how much I will understand your country’s medical system, sorry :frowning:

[name_m]Hi[/name_m]! I have had postnatal depression and anxiety twice. It will get better. Be a bit easier on yourself. If you dont want to call people while driving, dont.becoming a mother for the first time can overwehlming and getting use to your new role can take time. What helped me was taking extra omega oils and 3 minute a day meditation. I highly recommend the App Headspace. I also agree with previous posted, it is important to talk to a health care provider. I think its also good to know that alot of women experience this but unfortunatelly dont want to talk about it