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How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety After Giving Birth

Updated on May 4, 2011

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety After Giving Birth

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety After Giving Birth. Stress and anxiety after giving birth is very common. Usually after giving birth many women suffer stress and anxiety because of the decreasing hormonal levels and the pressures of being a mom, specially for first time moms. They worry that they will not come up with what is expected of them, which is in fact huge, because being a mom is challenging task and it takes most of your time specially if you are always thinking about it and don't give yourself a break.

In this hub, I will share some tips on how to avoid being stressed out and the feel of anxiety after giving birth. It should be easier if you think that any negative feelings the mom is experiencing has an effect to the baby she is taking care of. She can pass this to the baby and both the mother and the baby will have problems. Being a mom myself I feel the worries, excitement, expectations people have on new moms, including what standards you set yourself.

Even celebrities are not excluded, everybody experienced anxiety and stress after giving birth.Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields, Courtney Cox and more have experienced postpartum Depression. The key is to understand and enjoy your experience as a mom and stay relaxed.

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety After Giving Birth

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety After Giving Birth

Signs that a new mom is stressed out and feelign anxious : (baby blues or post partum blues)

  1. Feeling of exhaustion always
  2. unable to sleep
  3. trapped or anxious.
  4. appetite may increase or decrease,
  5. feeling of irritability
  6. nervous -- "worried about being a good mother, or afraid that being a mother will never feel better than it does right now".

According to Baby Center, all of these feelings — known as the "baby blues" or "postpartum blues" — are normal during the first couple of weeks after childbirth. In fact, up to 80 percent of new moms experience them".

Have a deeper understanding why are you feeling anxious and stressed out. Some of the reasons why a mom who just gave birth suffers form anxiety and stress are ;

  • feeling of inadequacy -- new moms are scared that they will not come up with what is expected of them
  • Physical appearance-- weight problems -- new moms are feeling sad about how they look specifically their weight after giving birth. Usually women lose weight after giving birth by doing simple exercise and it takes six months even to lose weight for most women. If one is breastfeeding it is also ok if you exercise and diet as longs as you eat healthy foods and adequate for you and the baby. Before you embark on exercise it is best tot alk to your health provider about it.
  • Take a look at this for post natal exercise -- Quick exercise for post natal moms : achieving "tummylicious" look.
  • Lack of sleep -- when a mom has just given birth, at times, you also stay awake when the baby is awake to take care of them, change their diapers or nurse them
  • They keep on comparing themselves to what they read and other new moms and other stories, so they feel short of the expectations they set themselves
  • They also disengage themselves from their husband as they are scared to be pregnant again

How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety After Giving Birth

  • First, take care of yourself, eat healthy foods and do exercise for new moms. You can read my hub about exercise in the link provided below. Sleep well and take a nap, and rest assured that your baby is safe even when you are not there (bear this in mind so that you can sleep well).
  • Try to analyze where your anxiety is coming from. If you are anxious about your capability as a new mom, just remember that everybody before they were experienced was once a newbie mom.
  • You can't do everything at one time, being a good mom, takes time and experience teaches one how to perfect it, the baby grows day to day and she grows with you everyday.
  • Just tell yourself that you can do it, mothers instinct to take care of their own baby is a given and amazing. They know when their baby is well, they can even feel it, that's how attachment is from mothers to babies.
  • Don't think of things that are not there yet, like asking or worrying about if your baby get sick or she is not well. Take care of your problems one day at a time or as they come in, don't think of what if.
  • Don't compare you baby to other babies -- every baby develops in their own way, that is -- physically and emotionally, sometimes your child is delay but will catch up with the stages of development.
  • Read child rearing books from experts.
  • Ask friends and research about a good pediatrician whom you can trust, so that you are always reassured. Don't be shy to ask anything from your pediatrician,
  • Ask advice of your loved ones, relatives and friends. Tell them what you are feeling. Talk to your friends and go out some times with them.
  • And most specially talk to your partner about your feelings and explain to him what are your thoughts and expectations. Give time for your hubby, renew your lovelife with them.
  • Relax -- watch TV -- your favorite show
  • Enjoy the time with our baby, take it as a once in a lifetime experience, they will be babies only once -- the bonding and your physical and emotional strength affects them.
  • Most of all stay beautiful, wear that smile, have confidence and pray for guidance.
  • If things get worst, seek help -- ask experts and health providers in your case.
  • Every women cope differently and have different circumstances, feel well about yourself, you are a beautiful mom!



Coping with anxiety and stress after giving birth may sound difficult but it is easier if you always remind yourself that a healthy mother means a healthy baby. Remember you want to take care of your baby while you are also healthy.

I hope this hub "How to Avoid Stress and Anxiety After Giving Birth" is helpful to you, Pass it on to others.

Thank you for your time.


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