Postnatal Anxiety

Kerry Gibb

Kerry Gibb is a mum to four lively boys and the author of It's A Kid's Life - a series of books aimed at children aged 7 - 11 years old.

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  1. My sister had post natal depression, I can honestly say I had some post natal anxiety, it was so stressful with my first born especially. Good on you for spreading the word xx

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      It’s one of those things that us mums just don’t talk about as we feel like we are the only ones. I wasn’t sure whether or not to write this post but I am so glad I did as I have already been contacted by others going through it who now know they are not alone. x

  2. So many of my friends and family have suffered PND. It’s such a horrible thing to go through, and so hard to talk about. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      I am so glad I did share my story Jess as it has really highlighted how many people go through this by all the responses I have received through here, fb and twitter. I’m sorry so many of your friends and family went through it. xx

  3. Jaime says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I went through a little depression but the anxiety sounds SO familiar, looking back at my daughter’s first couple months. This is a great message to those moms who are feeling alone.

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Thank you Jaime. I have received messages from mums over the last few days thanking me as they now understand the feelings they are getting so I really do hope that it has helped some people to realise they are not alone. xx

  4. Sara says:

    I was definitely anxious, especially with my first babies (twins). I think the sleep deprivation made it worse too. Thanks for sharing

  5. Thank you for bringing awareness to this condition. I suffered ppd, though I never really was depressed – or anxious. I was angry, and irrational mostly. There are so many emotions after a pregnancy that can hit any woman. It is so important to start conversations about these, so new moms know they are not alone!

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Absolutely Adelina. If we all talked about these things more I’m sure things wouldn’t seem quite as bad. xxx

  6. Bridget says:

    Thank you for writing this, this is exactly what I went through but had no idea what it was so down played it as much as possible.. Even though I was screaming on the inside. But reading this is closure, so thank you.

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Thank you so much for telling me this Bridget. I have had so many facebook messages from people telling me a similar thing. I am so pleased it has helped so many of you. Unfortunately so many people think they are alone in this but the response I have had shows that we are far from alone. xxx

  7. I’ve definitely felt some of this! I think it’s because it’s such a big thing to be entrusted with a precious human child. Thanks for sharing!

  8. yanique says:

    Those few months after having a baby can be difficult for many women. Unfortunately some people assume that people can just get over feelings of anxiety and depression and fail to take postpartum/natal anxiety and depression seriously. Thanks for raising awareness with this post.

  9. I have this. I avoid the Trafford centre for fear of it being bombed and my biggest irrational fear is that we will go somewhere and a bomb will go off killing the kids and not me. I think it’s just being a mother x

  10. Laure says:

    I suffer from both and some days it’s like a roller coaster. I’ve worked on behaviour therapy for the anxiety but it doesn’t just go away over night. In my last pregnancy I was worse during it. After I had the baby fine for about 4 weeks then it all slowly crept back in. Compulsive buying incase something happened withdrawing from everyone and the fear to leave the house incase something bad happens. I’m now post baby 20 weeks and each day is a struggle I love my children and I will do anything for them. Great blog thank you xxx

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      Thanks so much for saying so Laure. I really hope that it has helped you to see others are going through it to. You would be amazed how many people have contacted me to say they are going through it as well. I hope things get easier for you in time xxx

  11. stupidgirl45 says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. I was this girl almost word for word with my son.

  12. HonestMum says:

    Vital post hun, thanks for sharing x

  13. Leyton mum says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this. I felt exactly the same way 9 years ago when I had my first daughter. It felt like I was on constant alert and couldn’t relax. People kept offering to give me a break and take my baby out for a walk but I couldn’t bear to be separated from her. I never told anyone as I felt such a failure. It feels a long time ago now but I can remember that every day was terrifying and I was sure she would be taken away from me if anyone found out how I was feeling. Thank you again.

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      And thank you for sharing your wise words Lucy. It is a really tough time and I hope my story and brave people like yourself coming forward and commenting on it will make people who are going through it right now understand better what they are experiencing and make them realise that it is not just them. xx

  14. Fionnuala says:

    There are parts of this that are familiar to me from my first child. Things are much easier now, 7 years later, but some of the anxiety has remained, like the fear of a crash or a brain haemorrhage or something and not being around for them anymore. Or something awful happening to my children.

    • Kerry Gibb says:

      I worry about that every day too Fionnuala. It’s tough but I think recognising that it is postnatal anxiety has helped tremendously as I understand it now. xxx

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