Anxiety

Perinatal anxiety

Perinatal anxiety refers to the presence of severe long lasting anxiety symptoms during pregnancy or up to one year after birth.

If your partner is experiencing problems with perinatal anxiety

If your partner is experiencing problems with anxiety, help them by breaking down tasks into small steps, so that even though if they feel it is a challenge, they are confident they can do it. Try not to overly accommodate the anxiety. For example, try not to follow unreasonable rules such as changing all clothing when entering the house.

Although your partner may have worries that you do not think are justified, they are nonetheless very real to them. Try to avoid responding to fears with shock or amazement.

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Last reviewed 24 April 2016