Giving birth and bringing your baby home is supposed to be a magical time in your life. There are times, however, when your emotions don't match how you intellectually know you should be feeling. Some new moms struggle with long bouts of sadness and anxiety related to childbirth which can be attributed to mood disorders, such as postpartum depression (PPD), and its lesser known counterpart, postpartum anxiety (PPA). Unfortunately, there are still a lot of myths about postpartum anxiety that can be confusing to new moms.
Some amount of anxiety can be expected when you experience a big change in your life. But with PPA, the anxiety is all-consuming and overwhelming. Baby Center noted that new moms with PPA have recurring and long term feelings of intense worry or panic. But because some amount of anxiety is expected, it can be mislabeled and go undiagnosed. In fact, a study in Pediatrics of over 1100 new mothers found that 17 percent of moms showed symptoms of postpartum anxiety. Yet oftentimes, moms try to work through their emotions alone because they fear that doctors will act as if they are over reacting.
Here are some myths you may have heard about postpartum anxiety that are definitely not true.