Pregnancy and childbirth affect a woman’s body in various ways from hormonal imbalance, mood swings, and weight gain to postpartum depression and anxiety. According to the American Pregnancy Association, postpartum anxiety (PPA) is a type of anxiety that affects 10 percent of new moms. PPA is different from generalized anxiety disorder and manifests itself as a constant preoccupation with worries. It is called the “hidden disorder” because it often goes undiagnosed as many people place more focus on postpartum depression (PPD).To bring awareness, here are 10 facts you need to know about postpartum anxiety and treatment.
1. Postpartum anxiety is common
Postpartum anxiety appears to be a lot more common than PPD. Not only does it affect 10 percent of postpartum women, but pregnant moms can also experience the symptoms. Lack of scientific studies may account for why many people are not aware of the condition, but it doesn’t mean that PPA is not as prevalent. A variety of things can bring on PPA. A drastic change in the mom’s schedule, sleep deprivation, and other lifestyle adjustments to accommodate a new baby in the family are primary contributing factors.