Anxiety in non-birthing parents
1. Pregnancy and birth complications
It is normal to be concerned about the health of your unborn child or the birthing parent. While most pregnancies go smoothly, complications can occur from time to time.
Some of the most common complications during pregnancy and childbirth are:
- Preeclampsia or high blood pressure
- gestational diabetes
- preterm labor
With prompt medical attention, many potential complications of pregnancy can be treated effectively. Prenatal testing and visits are important.
Prenatal appointments are a good idea if you are concerned about possible complications. To help ease your mind, you can speak to the OB-GYN of the birthing parents.
To learn more, you can also consult books on labor and pregnancy.
Raising a child can be expensive. It doesn’t matter if you are concerned about the cost of diapers and daycare, or whether college is a long-term expense. You should worry about how much money you will have to support your child.
It may be worthwhile to find out what resources and programs are available in your area for new parents. A financial advisor may be able to help you create a long-term financial plan.
3. Postpartum adjustment
Depression and postpartum anxiety are not just a problem for the mother. A review of 2019 studies revealed that approximately 1 in 10 fathers suffer from postpartum anxiety and depression.
Remember that postpartum depression is possible at any time during a baby’s first year, but the highest risk to non-birthing parents occurs when the baby is between 3 and 6 months.
Parenthood can cause many changes in your life, including insomnia. It’s important that you seek professional help immediately if you are having trouble managing these changes or if you feel you may be suffering from anxiety or depression.
4. Health of infants
It’s normal to feel protective as a parent of a newborn. Your baby’s health is important to medical professionals.
Your baby will be given various wellness checks immediately after their birth. You will also see your pediatrician every month for the first few months after your baby is born.
Don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician if you have concerns about your baby’s health. You can learn a lot from books and classes, and you will be able to give advice to your child if they become sick.
5. Lifestyle changes
You might be afraid that your baby will soon leave you with nothing but carefree days, intimacy, or working late.
Parenthood brings with it many new responsibilities. These responsibilities may be shared with the birth parent or other adults.
You may be a close friend or family member of the birthing parent and wonder how having a baby will impact that relationship.
The birthing parent usually has medical clearance to have sexual intercourse within 6-8 weeks. However, not everyone is physically or emotionally ready. Talk to your partner about this.
Finding a balance between work and family can be difficult, especially during the first few weeks of a baby’s life. Non-birthing parents can take parental leave benefits from many companies. You might find it helpful to research the available paid leave options before your baby arrives.
6. Can I be a good enough mother?
It is common to wonder if you will be a good or bad parent.
It can be beneficial to surround yourself with non-birthing parents who are able to relate to your current day-to-day feelings if you feel doubtful.
As you become a parent, it is important to have a support network of other parents and professionals that you trust.
- Anxiety signs in non-birthing parents
- Anxiety can manifest as a physical or mental feeling.
- Although exact symptoms may vary from one person to another, it is possible that you are:
- Feeling too anxious to eat or eating all the time
- Having trouble falling asleep at night
- Wanting to sleep every night
- Concentration difficulties
- Resigning from others
- Rapid breathing or racing heartbeat
- Talking to a doctor is a wise thing if you feel anxious about your anxiety.