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PERINATAL ANXIETY

Anxiety during pregnancy and in the first year postnatally is as common as depression.

The MAMMI study found that 1 in 14 women experienced anxiety before they became pregnant, almost 1 in 20 experienced anxiety during pregnancy and this increased to 1in 8 just three months after the baby was born.⠀ However, a lot of new mums may not recognise this anxiety and its effects on their emotional and mental wellbeing.⠀ Anxiety and worries are normal responses that we feel to threats, changes and new situations. Such as pregnancy, birth and the transition into parenthood.⠀ "But how do I know if I have perinatal anxiety or need support?"⠀ It’s when the anxiety or worries take over, become constant or disrupt your normal day to day activities, relationships or precious time with your baby.⠀ Anxiety perinatally looks and feels like –:arrow_down:️⠀ Irritability and feelings of overwhelm.⠀ Very black and white thinking⠀ Harmful unserving beliefs about your abilities to mother.⠀ Self-blaming⠀ Catastrophizing thoughts⠀ Feeling constantly on edge⠀ Excessive worrying about the future or your baby⠀ Increased heart rate, sweating shortness of breath or muscle tension.⠀ lack of confidence in your abilities⠀ Intrusive thoughts or images⠀ Difficulty sleeping⠀ If you are struggling with any of the above, I am here to support and guide you with resources to help you down regulate your anxiety and manage its disruptive symptoms.⠀

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