Hello all fellow moms - I am a clinical counsellor who is working on some web content (for a non-profit) to help pregnant women and new mothers understand and help manage anxiety during pregnancy and post-partum. All the information that we develop will be absolutely free - our goal is to help women recognize problematic levels of anxiety (vs. normal, that we all experience!), and how to manage this anxiety or when to get professional help. We won't be talking about medication, but will be outlining other self-help and self-care strategies. We are all professional mothers writing this content (I am working on a team of psychiatrists and psychologists). I will certainly be drawing on my own personal experiences too.
One of our first steps is collecting real stories of women who had an increase of anxiety during pregnancy - what racing thoughts came up? How did it interfere with life (relationships, sleep, work, even leaving house, etc..) What was the content of the worries?
Once we collect some stories we will likely blend some content together to create about four or five narratives - of course everything would be anonymous.
If you have a few minutes to jot down your experience of anxiety, please do - it would be very much appreciated and will help new moms in the future!
Thank you in advance.