Our brains have evolved over many years, and new mom brains have some ancient anxious triggers layered underneath the challenges we face during motherhood. Many mammalian mothers are often more anxious and alert because babies are likely to draw predators as easy prey. Those anxious instincts are still with us.
Moms can experience general feelings of anxiety and foreboding, which make her more alert to potential threats. This can be especially pronounced at night, when moms and babies were more vulnerable to predators.
Moms still rely on those around her to protect the baby from potential harm, which is why many women who have a partner can feel more anxious when their partner goes back to work, or if she doesn’t feel she has the right support around her.
For many moms, anxiety can become so overwhelming that it can have a significant impact on our lives.
Canopie has sessions that may help you with your anxiety, but it’s best to speak to your doctor if you feel like anxiety is significantly interfering with your life and your ability to take care of yourself or your baby.