It's normal to feel anxious as a new mother. The baby you were able to keep safe in your womb for nine plus months is now on the outside world, vulnerable to disease, germs, and other bad things. The resulting stress can be overwhelming even for someone who is great under pressure. But if worrying about your baby is causing disruptions in your daily routine, you may want to know the ways postpartum anxiety affects your sleep.
According to Parents, postpartum anxiety affects 10 percent of new mothers. These mothers are constantly plagued by worry about their baby's health, their own abilities to parent, and managing other household responsibilities. And as a result of their worrying, the mother is left feeling agitated, restless, and often has difficulty sleeping. These symptoms can be especially debilitating for new mothers, who are already getting less sleep due to their baby's feeding schedule.
As Baby Center mentioned, new mothers usually begin to experience the symptoms of postpartum anxiety within the first two to three weeks after giving birth, and may take a few additional weeks to reach a level that is distressing to the mother. Postpartum anxiety can affect any new mother, but according to Parenting, women with a personal or family history of anxiety are more susceptible.
It is important to remember that the symptoms of postpartum anxiety may be different in each mother. You may not experience all of the symptoms on the list, but if your worry is interfering with your ability to sleep and enjoy your baby, you should consider seeking help from a mental health professional. If necessary, there are anti-anxiety medications available that won't cause harm to breastfeeding mothers. Managing your postpartum anxiety can improve your sleep and benefit your entire family.