Postpartum Anxiety ​

Postpartum Anxiety ​

Perinatal and Postpartum Anxiety (PPA) affect over 10% of women during and after pregnancy. PPA may present as anxiety only, but often occurs in combination with depression. It is reported that 6%-10% of men or partners may suffer, independent of the woman’s experience.

Common Symptoms

  • Constant worry and fear
  • Racing thoughts
  • Fear a bad event is looming
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Appetite changes
  • Agitation
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness

Risk Factors

  • Personal/Family History of Anxiety
  • History of Panic Attacks
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • History of Perinatal Anxiety/Depression

Early detection and treatment of anxiety will optimize care and lead to better outcomes.  Mothers who feel they may be suffering from depression are advised to visit the Hevlei Kesher resource directory to find assistance.