I recently came upon this terrific piece from the Boston Globe from a few months back. In it, writer Chelsea Conaboy highlights the dramatic brain changes that pre- and post-partum women undergo. She discusses how these changes might help to explain why some new moms experience significant anxiety.
Expectant moms should be educated about all of the changes that new parenthood might bring, not just the physical ones. I’m hoping pieces like this raise awareness about post-partum anxiety and help anxious moms see that they are not alone and that help is available. The only thing I’d add: you don’t need to have given birth to your child to experience anxiety as a new mom. Adoptive moms, as well as moms who’ve had babies via other means (like surrogacy), can also experience significant anxiety, and also benefit from seeking help.