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Perinatal Anxiety

Approximately 6 percent of pregnant women and 10 percent of postpartum women experience anxiety. Anxiety can occur on its own or in addition to depression.

The symptoms include:

  • Constant worry
  • Feeling that something bad is going to happen
  • Racing thoughts
  • Disturbances of sleep or appetite
  • Inability to sit still
  • Physical symptoms like dizziness, hot flashes and nausea

Risk factors include a personal history of perinatal anxiety or depression, a family history of anxiety, or a thyroid imbalance.

Perinatal anxiety is treatable. Read more about treatment options.

Perinatal mood disorders are treatable. But first you have to ask for help.

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