Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Several events can contribute to a mom experiencing PTSD during pregnancy or postpartum. These may include lack of support, health issues while pregnant, pregnancy complications, prolapsed cord, unplanned c-section, alternative means to deliver the baby, feelings of powerlessness or a baby who needs to spend time in the NICU.
We want to stress that trauma is subjective. Your pregnancy, labor, delivery or postpartum period may not be deemed traumatic from a medical perspective. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD during your pregnancy or postpartum, know that your feelings are valid and you deserve to be taken seriously. Please reach out to a provider you can trust.
You May Experience:
Avoidance of stimuli associated with the perceived traumatic event
Anxiety and/or panic attacks