Postpartum Anxiety

  • Postpartum Anxiety

    Beyond The Bump - 2021 mycitrinedreams updated 4 weeks ago 1 Member · 3 Posts
  • Beyond The Bump - 2021


    October 25, 2021 at 7:58 am

    I’m 6 weeks postpartum and I’ve been dealing with anxiety lately. I’ll have a panic attack in my sleep — usually I’ll wake up in the middle of the night trying to breathe/catch my breath, my heart is racing, and I feel nauseous. It takes some time to feel “okay” again. And in these instances, I feel like maybe I’m not cut out to be a mother. And then I feel really guilty thinking this.

    These panic attacks happen on a daily basis, even when I take short naps. I’ve heard that “it will get better” but it’s hard to imagine going through it. Anyone go through something similar? When did it get better?

  • Beyond The Bump - 2021


    October 25, 2021 at 8:09 am

    I’m so sorry you’re feeling this way! It is common but it didn’t make it any less painful. I went through something very similar when my baby was born, very anxious for the first few weeks and then it settled into depression. I found a good therapist, exercise and a low dose of Zoloft really helped me for me! Definitely talk to your doctor, have you had your 6 week checkup yet?

  • Beyond The Bump - 2021


    October 25, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I know exactly the feeling you’re describing, and it really is awful. I started 10mg Lexapro about two years ago (before I got pregnant) and that and biweekly therapy have been life changing with managing my anxiety. Not sure if you’re open to medication, but worth a chat with your doctor about! I know a few friends who stayed on SSRIs for about 6 months postpartum, and then weaned off and are doing great. I’ll prob be on SSRIs indefinitely, but certainly not the case for everyone!

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