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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Anxiety can show up as pregnancy or postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder or postpartum-OCD. It can cause unwanted and terrifying intrusive or scary thoughts. Though these thoughts may involve grim imagery, it's important to note a mom experiencing OCD is horrified by these thoughts and would never act on them. You are not a bad mom.

Thoughts May Include...

  • "Do you think XYZ will hurt the baby?" "I think it will make the baby really sick."

  • May ask for reassurance, but not feel satisfied with answers.

  • "I can't go down the stairs. The baby is going to fall out of my arms."

  • "I can't give the baby a bath. I'll drown them."

  • Other dark, unwanted thoughts – possibly about harm coming to her baby. These are thoughts mama may be hesitant to share. Let her know it's okay, that you believe she wouldn't act on them.

  • Fear of being alone with baby.

  • Because of the above, mama may avoid potentially harmful things such as the stove, stairs, knives or bathtub.

  • Excessively Googling or researching to ease anxiety. ("I was researching XYZ and read that...")

  • "Checking" baby's breathing, locked doors or other things to a level that is disruptive. 

  • Suggestions that eating or sleeping are disrupted.

  • Fear that sharing the truth and experiences with loved ones or a doctor will result in baby being taken.

You are not alone

If these thoughts, feelings or behaviors feel familiar, don't hesitate to reach out for help. We are here for you.

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