As a new mother, for no apparent reason at all, you tend to find yourself worrying over little things that needlessly get blown up into full-time problems. You are not alone! A recent study held in UK concluded that over one third of new mothers are apprehensive about their abilities in being a responsible parent, due to the amount of worries going through their mind.
Over two thirds of the participants confessed that they continued to make regular checks in their baby’s bedroom to monitor if the baby was still breathing, in spite of the installed baby monitor not raising any alarm.
Almost every new mother begins to notice a sudden change in their behaviour after the birth of their young one. They begin to start getting anxious for little things as panic stricken thoughts start taking over their day-to-day activities and life. Unfortunately, most new mothers do not confide in either family or friends because they believe that they would be thought of as crazy. Out of 10 new mothers, over eight of them go through an emotional upheaval filled with unhappiness and anxiety.
The fear that new mothers go through can manifest itself in a number of ways.
- Some of them have a nagging feeling that the room in which the baby is sleeping is a degree too hot and might be extremely uncomfortable and suffocating for the baby.
- Some others are fearful of shopping outside or being away from the home because of the lack of self-confidence that their child may be at risk while they are away and because they are too disorganised to get their thoughts together while being outdoors.
A number of psychiatrists and psychologists claim that new mothers reportedly feel highly anxious after giving birth but are clueless as to why they feel so. In spite of not experiencing postnatal depression symptoms, most mothers continue to be on edge. They are constantly imagining horrific scenarios wherein their children are being harmed while doing normal things such as playing with their toys or walking about at home.
Psychologists opine that the abrupt and unanticipated onslaught of acute anxiousness is not uncommon for new mothers.
Due to the overpowering sense of responsibility and tenderness that comes along in giving birth to a tiny new person, new mothers are unable to unwind as they are constantly trying to pre-empt their new-born’s every need and planning for every unthinkable possibility.
It can help to discern what your fears are and confronting them head-on, in order to check how you can deal with those apprehensions. If you are constantly worried that your little child might choke up when solid food will be introduced to her, it can help to sign up for a first aid course that can empower you, in the event that something goes wrong.
Tips to Prevent from Postnatal Effects
With regards to daily life, you can bring in a number of changes that can help in enhancing daily activities.
- Maintain a steady balance as much as possible and ensure that you get enough rest and sleep, especially when the baby is doing so, rather than doing household chores.
- In addition, it is also important to maintain a healthy diet and explore outdoors for at least 30 min daily.
- One of the best ways to combat anxiety is by working out daily.
A short meditation exercise is also an important coming strategy that can be learned and practised in order to maintain calm.