Depression & Mental Health

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is post-traumatic stress disorder during pregnancy?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop if you have experienced a disturbing, dangerous, or scary event that connected your fear with memories of the event and with various sensations that may not be connected only with the event. If encountering those sensations triggers fear and anxiety at levels much greater than they normally should, this is characteristic of PTSD. While many people experience traumatic events, most such events do not lead to PTSD. Thus, the defining feature of PTSD is that otherwise normal stimuli can trigger memories of traumatic events and with those memories very strong negative feelings. Because your body undergoes many changes throughout pregnancy, it is possible that attacks of PTSD can be triggered while you are pregnant. Similarly, any traumatic experiences occurring in connection with pregnancy, such as suffering a miscarriage, potentially can lead to PTSD later on.


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