Postpartum anxiety can feel surprising to moms because it’s not often talked about during pregnancy. If you are unsure if you have postpartum anxiety, learn more about the symptoms HERE. Overall, if you are struggling I want you to know that there is a lot of support and resources for you.
Here are nine powerful tools you can use to help get you through anxiety.
There are conditions like thyroid imbalance and anemia that can directly lead to anxiety. Once found, they can be easy to fix. Ask your doctor to help order labs for you since they aren’t routinely ordered for new moms. I’ve created a list of helpful labs that you can ask your doctor about, you can find them HERE.
Work through your birth story
Many women have a birth experience that was different from what they planned. This can lead to anxiety in the postpartum time because there may have been some experience of feeling lack of control or extreme overwhelm during birth. Those feelings can linger far after the birth. It can be helpful to write down your birth story or talk through it with your partner or friend.
Reach out to a friend
Hopefully you have a friend who is also a mom of a young baby and can understand what it is that you are going through. Often, just talking through an emotional issue for a few minutes can help lift those anxious feelings.
Name your anxieties
If bad thoughts are constantly running through your head, start naming them and bring them to light. Often naming them helps you to realize that they are less of a stress than what your mind tends to think.
Keep blood sugar balanced
For moms with newborns and young babies, often it can be hard to get consistent meals throughout the day and you may end up going a long time without eating food. This can lead to blood sugar imbalances which can directly lead to anxiety. Familiar with the term hangry? Keep snacks around the house and in your diaper bag to help keep your blood sugar stable and irritability down.
Work with a practitioner to help reduce stress and balance hormones.
Working with someone who can help you navigate your health in the postpartum time is important to help you spot reasons for your anxiety and provide answers. If you can’t find someone in your area, I have online appointments available and I also see patients in my office in Portland, Oregon.
Take vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is important for the nervous system and to help calm mood. It’s frequently found in prenatal vitamins, but make sure that you are taking the form of “methylcobalamin” and not “cyanocobalamin” which is harder for the body to absorb.
Motherwort is a beautiful herb for mothers. It says so right in the name! It’s an herb that is used to calm the nervous system and improve anxiety. It’s like a herbal hug for a mother. It can be used in tea or tincture form.
Do positive thinking like no one’s business
As negative thoughts cloud your brain, work on overpowering those thoughts with lots of good thoughts. this will help re-wire your thought patterns so that positive thinking is your new-normal. It sounds simple, but it’s powerful.
Hi, I’m Dr. Potter and I help women feel vibrant and healthy during their motherhood journey.
It was after the birth of my first baby when I became passionate about helping other moms. I was blown away by how hard it was to heal after that birth.
Now it’s my passion to help you heal optimally after birth. Want to learn more about making a postpartum plan with me? Head HERE. Have a young baby and want to work on healing optimally after birth? Head HERE.