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Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
I had what I think they call Postpartum Anxiety after the births of all three of my children. I developed bizarre fears such as falling down the stairs with my baby. It was so bad that for 6 months or longer after my middle child was born I would not even walk past the basement stairs with her in my arms because I had this irrational fear that I would just trip and fly down the stairs with her in my arms. I had lots of generalized anxiety as well as specific fears that developed, but they all passed within 6 months. I do have a history of anxiety and my doctor told me that women who are prone to anxiety sometimes have an exacerbation of their anxiety in the postpartum period.
Some good books on anxiety may help you learn some relaxation techniques and some cognitive skills to help reduce your anxiety. Be of good courage.... if this is postpartum anxiety it will pass with time.
Mom to two beautiful boys, now in school to be a therapist and help other women with PPD.