While everyone who has a baby and everyone who encounters anxiety are going have their own varied, unique experiences; I think it’s fairly safe to assume that there’s going to be moments of fear and discomfort that result from both. When you put them together, leaving the mom in question to battle both anxiety and the changes motherhood brings, it should come as no surprise that being a new mom with anxiety is so much more stressful. The sleepless nights, the fact that we’re thrown out of our normal routines, the constant tears; it can make something that’s already hard feel downright impossible.
To be fair, I’ve never been a mom without anxiety, so there’s a chance I’m overlooking something here simply because I've learned to adapt to both motherhood and anxiety simultaneously. In other words, my "normal" includes anxiety, and I don't know what it's like not to have it or deal with everything that goes along with it. However, my math skills are pretty sharp lately since I need to keep up with various measurements and numbers involving my kid’s clothing sizes, as well as the number of stickers he requires for his teddy bears, so I’m confident that one challenging thing plus another challenging thing equals an extra-challenging thing.
So, let’s explore, shall we? Here’s why being a new mom with anxiety is at best complicated, and at worst, a volcanic lava flow of unending stress and fear that can make a scary world seem scarier.