Postpartum anxiety often gets lost in the shuffle of new parenthood. At times, it is lumped in or categorized as postpartum depression. While both depression and anxiety may be occurring in postpartum, it’s not uncommon for them to appear together. Sometimes it wears the title of postpartum support. However, postpartum anxiety deserves attention and treatment just as much as depression.
What’s wrong with me…I keep experiencing new parent guilt??
Maybe you’re not fully enjoying time with your new baby in the ways you expect. When you dream of what motherhood should look like in this phase of life, perhaps it looks different. You may find that you’re fully consumed with worry about whether the baby is safe, or if the baby will remain safe. Maybe you find your brain attempting to predict every possible dangerous situation that could arise in order to keep that baby safe! It’s exhausting. This feeling people categorize as new parent guilt.
The anxiety can feel like it’s swallowed you whole at times. You may even wonder, “Am I going crazy??” Certainly, at the very least, you are on edge pretty much at all times. Difficulty sleeping has crept in (or perhaps hit hard and quickly, all at once). You may find yourself checking on baby several times per night, which is also contributing to lack of sleep or at least a decline in the quality of sleep you’re getting each night. The decrease in sleep seems to be impacting your ability to cope, resulting in an increase to an already heightened level of anxiety.
Everyone else has it all figured out…
You seem to be having some odd, “scary” thoughts that were never there before, this just adds to the anxiety, confusion, and perhaps torment happening for you in postpartum that you thought would be nothing but happiness and joy. It feels disappointing and unfair. You may find yourself asking, “Why am I struggling so much more than other new parents?” or “I don’t feel like I fit in with the other new parents”. It probably feels as though everyone else has this parenthood thing all “figured out”. What a lonely place to be and try to sort through. On top of all that, there is so much new parent guilt. Questioning whether you are doing things “right” or if you’re “enough” for your baby and/or family.
So many questions and second guessing swirling around in your head, of course you’re anxious! Postpartum anxiety is difficult to move through. It all makes sense, and this new role you’re apart of is ripe for all these feelings and more.
You’re not alone in these feelings. These scary thoughts are called intrusive thoughts. Did you know that 88% of new parents report having them. There is relief and it’s important to seek help. That is why I have put together a mental health basics courses for postpartum care. Although, the pandemic we are living through may complicate access to help. Along with the complications of getting out of the house with a new baby to get to a therapy appointment presents its own set of challenges. I have created this postpartum anxiety course to solve these issues of accessibility, and as a first line in getting help for postpartum anxiety. Although this online course is not meant to replace therapy, it is a collection of all the building blocks I utilize in session with my clients, and encourage them to use in their own time as well.
If you’re currently in a safe space, for yourself or your baby, this online course is a great starting point to get you ready with coping strategies. Finally, you can start to receive the relief you so desperately long for. Begin practicing postpartum mindfulness for perinatal mental health today! This is a great tool for parents experiencing new parent guilt and can help you discover better self-care for women.
The great part about this online course is you can use the strategies and lessons immediately. Plus, you can work through the material at your own pace. Therapy may not always be a possibility, or perhaps you find you need a supplement to the work you are doing in session with your postpartum therapist. Click the link to the online course to find out all that’s included and get started today on the path to relief and a life that more closely matches what you always thought of after having a baby.
Start Learning Today with my Postpartum Anxiety Toolkit!
Being a new parent is difficult. Perhaps, You want to enjoy all the milestones your child will complete, but you’re in need of you own postpartum care. As a mother, you just want to be the best parent you can be. I understand this desire, which is why I created my online courses perinatal mental health. Postpartum anxiety doesn’t always get the attention it needs in self-care for women. My goal with these learn at home courses, is that you’re able to use these mental health basics for postpartum anxiety and use them as the building blocks for self-care. At my Indiana and Texas online counseling clinic, I specialize in my perinatal care, EMDR for pregnancy and couples therapy. If you’re ready to begin learning more with an online course, start today with my learn at home program.
- Get started with the modules
- Learn more about Laura Jordan, a postpartum specialized therapist
- Begin enjoying parenthood with more peace and control
Other Mental Health Services at Jordan Therapy Services
Learn at home courses is not the only service I offer in my Indiana and Texas online clinic. Other mental health services Jordan Therapy Services provides includes online couples therapy, young adult therapy in Indiana, therapy for teenagers, message-based therapy, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and we offer to learn at home in Indiana courses for healthcare professionals working with maternal mental health and for clients created by Laura Jordan! Want to do online therapy in Indiana or online therapy in Texas? We offer all our services online in these locations. I’d be happy to work with you!