First of all, congratulations on your baby! That's very exciting.
Second, I'm not sure I can help much, because my anxiety is more general than specifically health-related, but I will say it did ramp up A LOT after I had my children. My first is 4.5 now, and according to my husband, I haven't been "myself" anxiety-wise since he was born. It's like I never recovered after having him. Then I got pregnant with my second, who is now 5 mos, and I totally fell apart.
Like I said, mine is more general, but it does definitely include some health anxiety. It's more fluid and all-encompassing though.
Are you prone to anxiety anyway? You mention that the birth of your son has triggered your health anxiety - have you ever been treated for anxiety before? I know there's a lot of talk out there about post-partum depression, but for people who are prone to anxiety anyway, PPD can manifest as anxiety rather than traditional depression symptoms. Does that make sense? I don't want to be the one who automatically jumps on the PPD train, but it's something to consider. I've been on meds since the day after my baby was born - it's my first time trying meds, and it's a very low dose, and I really think it helped take the edge off the post-partum tornado of emotions so I'm able to cope with things and just life in general. I"m also seeing a therapist for the first time, and that is helping,too. I found someone who doesn't mind that I bring the baby to my appointments (I go when my older child is in preschool), so that has helped facilitate the process, as logistics are a big trigger for my anxiety.
Good luck! This is a trying time in your life under the best of circumstances. Add in anxiety on top of it all, and it can be overwhelming. But you're not alone, take care.
A new baby, how wonerful. Congratulations. I see you have a great response from Trestar :)
I do not have health anxiety but I do have GAD so I understand the feelings that come with anxiety. You have my support and I hope you will discuss your Health Anxiety with your physician.
Hi and Congratulations on your new baby!
I would just like to add that having a new baby is very overwhelming and its very natural to worry and more so within just months after. All your instincts kick in and you realize there is a human being relying on you and that you have someone that you have to take care of and the love for this person is never ending. So we worry about not being able to be there for them or dieing before you see them grow up and all kinds of horrible thoughts ..which is very normal, not to mention our hormones are way out of wack for awhile. I remember when my first son was born..I worried about everything..I use to have nightmares where I could hear him crying but couldnt find him..nasty nasty dreams and it was all new to me but I soon found out that this was a very normal thing. I say just try and relax and enjoy your baby ..take it a day at a time and everything will fall into place...constantly talking with people and getting reassurance is a good thing and will help you focus on the positive.
PS OK people I am stumped by all these short forms your using cause I dont know what they mean i.e. PPD, HA, sx etc... I guess I need to be a veteran of this site to get all these down pat lol
You are all so very helpful and wonderful here.....thank you for that