Postpartum Anxiety?

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I just had my first child after giving birth. I experienced a lot of anxiety and sensitivity many times more. Like breastfeeding always feel that anxiety. Is that normal

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After childbirth, especially first labor, a woman indeed often experience anxiety. Anxiety is a normal mental response when you face something you have never faced before, in this case your baby. You have never treated a baby before, have never breastfed a baby before, and maybe this is the first time you are bathing and changing a baby's diaper, facing a baby who cried all night, or seeing an abnormal rash on the baby's body. These things can indeed cause anxiety in mothers and this is a fairly normal thing faced by new mothers. Pretty drastic hormonal changes after delivery and lack of sleep and rest can also affect the appearance of anxiety symptoms in the mother.

However, if your anxiety is too excessive, you worry about things that are too small and insignificant, your anxiety to bother you taking care of your baby (for example, you are afraid to hold your own baby, or you are afraid to change your baby's diaper , or fear of breastfeeding your baby, etc.), then maybe you can already be said to have anxiety disorders. This kind of anxiety is not normal and if allowed to drag on it can disturb your health, your baby, and your relationship with your baby.

Here are some things you can try to do first:

 Try to relax, do relaxation exercises such as breathing exercises whenever there is an opportunity. Try to rest and sleep while your child is sleeping. Ask for help from others around you (especially your partner) to help take care of other things in your home ( such as helping with cooking, cleaning the house, etc.) Try to read more about baby care, look for articles from reliable sources (not just any popular article) Don't listen too much to people's words because not everything that is said by others is true (especially people who have negative comments about you or your baby) Focus your mind on caring for your baby, if there are things related to baby care that you do not understand, seek information from reliable sources or ask directly to your pediatrician. Talk about problems you face with people right people If you can't overcome your anxiety, try it is to seek help from a psychiatrist or psychologist to help you overcome your anxiety disorder. Given the current state of the virus pandemic, examinations to a psychiatrist or psychologist should only be done if it is very forced, for example, you have thoughts of suicide or you are unable to control yourself and your emotions at all.

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