Anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum
When you become a parent, it is like you deliver the baby…and a 10lb bag of anxiety. If you feel like it was more than 10 lbs, you might benefit from assistance in helping your anxiety. How do you know?
Anxiety is a natural response to situational stressors and the transition to parenthood is full of situational stressors (even if you have an uncomplicated and healthy pregnancy and delivery). There is so much to learn, less sleep, body changes, and the cultural pressure to get it all right, without help, while looking good, and smiling. (That pressure is a whole stressor and anxiety producer in of itself)!
However, when your anxiety is out-of-proportion to the situation, occurring without cause, overwhelming your coping mechanisms (or you don’t have coping mechanisms that are HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE), it is time to get help! In fact, you don’t have to wait until you are struggling to get help. I work with lots of parents before they ever become pregnant to help them prepare for success.
Therapy and medication are great options for anxiety, especially during the reproductive years and early parenting. Joy Spring Mental Health is able to offer mental healthcare for parents in NC and VA experiencing anxiety during any part of their parenthood journey through a telehealth platform.