Postpartum anxiety affects roughly 10 percent of new mothers. Romper highlights 11 resources that help women manage its effects.
Symptoms of postpartum anxiety include dizziness and nausea, increased heart rate, and insomnia. Women with more severe cases of postpartum anxiety can experience panic attacks and excessive worry characterized by obsessive and irrational concern about their baby’s safety.
The following resources can help new mother’s with postpartum anxiety manage:
- Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Support International provides support and information for mothers battling postpartum panic and postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder. They also provide information on support coordinator locations, crisis hotlines, support groups, and events.
- Postpartum Progress
Postpartum Progress has produced award-winning advocacy work recognized by WebMD and Mental Health America. Organizations like The New York Times, Health.com, Psych Central, and more have also lauded Postpartum Progress for its work.
- Mother to Baby
This non-profit, live-chat service provides a plethora of information on breastfeeding and using medications or herbal supplements while breastfeeding. This can be particularly helpful to new mom’s using anti-anxiety medication.
Another non-profit, Motherisk offershotlines, studies, and research on the effects of medications on babies, whether they are breastfeeding or not. Motherisk also helps mothers who deal with substance abuse.
- Postpartum Anxiety BC
This organizations offers 24/7 hotline, diagnostic tests, coping mechanisms, checklists, and other tangible resources to handle postpartum anxiety as a new mother.
- The Center of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)
COPE, a global non-profit organization, focuses on improving the lives of both women experiencing postpartum issues and their children. COPE offers information on postpartum anxiety and how corporations and governance can help.
TalkSpace is a database of information on more than 300 licensed clinicians trained to help you cope with anxiety.
- The Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic provides plentiful, useful, and accurate information on postpartum issues. The site can also help you find a doctor in your area and schedule an appointment.
- St. Vincent #TakeTime4U
St. Vincent #TakeTime4U is a website and newsletter focused on encouraging and helping mothers practice self-care.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America organization offers information on the various types of anxiety, including postpartum. It also provides information on anti-anxiety medications and safety.
- Glow Nurture
Named one of the 10 Best iPhone Apps, Glow Nurture is an advice app geared towards helping women with postpartum anxiety. Download the app for daily tips, inspirational quotes, and encouraging words to manage anxiety symptoms.