If you're a new mother and feeling on edge, but you're not depressed, you could be experiencing postpartum anxiety. And, because you're not alone, there are many resources for postpartum anxiety out there to help you release the uncomfortable feeling of being intolerably overwhelmed.
There's naturally going to be some stressful new parent moments, but Parents noted that postpartum anxiety affects about 10 percent of new moms, and is characterized by dizziness, increased heart rate, nausea, and insomnia. Additionally, Parents noted that if your worries about your baby's safety tend to become obsessive and irrational, or if you find yourself having panic attacks for no reason, that might be a sign that your anxiety is more than the normal "adaptive anxiety" that comes with becoming a parent.
The resources below offer specific support for moms suffering with postpartum anxiety. However, some more general antidotes like practicing mindfulness, yoga, relaxation techniques, exercise and sleep are recommended to help manage anxiety, according to the Anxiety And Depression Association Of America (ADAA). As a new mom, you might be tempted to put your needs after everyone else's but, as Baby Center noted, it's vital that you take care of yourself in your baby's first months so that you can bond with your new child. With that in mind, the following resources will help you seek the treatment you need if you're suffering from postpartum anxiety. (And, as always, if you're having a medical emergency, you should always call 911, as any doctor will advise. )