Having a baby is a life-changing event for even the most eager of mothers, and the adjustment to post-baby life can come with a lot of struggles. Fortunately, the difficulties many mothers face are finally gaining more attention in the media, as evidenced by the rather recent increase in studies and articles highlighting the realities of postpartum depression (PPD). Unfortunately, PPD is not the only condition that may affect new moms. Postpartum anxiety is also all too common. But because this condition is still gaining media attention, the signs someone you love is suffering from postpartum anxiety, or PPA, may surprise you.
Although anxiety largely exists in the mind of the person who is suffering from it, you may be able to read their moods or behaviors for clues about the condition. And sure, most new moms get a bit frazzled from the sleep disturbances and general whirlwind of activity associated with caring for a newborn, but postpartum anxiety goes beyond the norm. Of course, an outsider can never really know what's going on in the head of another person, but if a loved one shows some of these signs, then you may want to encourage her to get help. After all, motherhood is hard enough without adding something as insidious as anxiety to the mix. Read on to see if these signs remind you of your loved one.