I’ve always been high-strung. I was probably high-strung in utero. I’m not sure who I inherited that from (probably my Goonmomma), but it’s just a part of my personality.
Because my personality is higher-strung than a tightrope in the big top, it surprised exactly no one who knows me well when I developed antenatal anxiety. Anxiety during pregnancy is fairly common, especially in high-risk and hyperemesis pregnancies.
It also surprised no one when my antenatal anxiety developed into a postpartum mood disorder. Many new parents suffer from postpartum mood disorders such as postpartum anxiety or postpartum depression. There’s a pretty big stigma around being “the crazy mom who stayed up ten hours last night making sure the baby is breathing,” so not many people talk about their experiences. Luckily, the stigma is changing, and there’s the beginning of a dialogue about maternal mental health beginning to form.