The feeling of bringing a little one to life is unmeasurable. But this could also be followed by a series of mood swings leading to conditions known as postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety.
An amalgamation of pain, sleep deprivation, hormonal changes, and the realization of actually becoming a mother could be really difficult to endure. If the symptoms last longer than four to five weeks, you need to consult your doctor. Till then, you can take this ‘Postpartum anxiety quiz’ and find out how you are doing after your pregnancy.
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, where do you think your anxiety stands?
2. How long has it been since you first experienced anxiety after birth?
A. Four weeks or more
B. A few days
C. Two weeks or more
3. Do you have sleep issues?
B. Yes, clearly
4. Do you feel like the baby is unwell whenever it feels slightly uncomfortable?
5. What is your usual thought around the baby?
A. Sometimes, I worry they are hungry
B. I often feel the baby is in discomfort and I look for the signs
C. That they should sleep well
6. What is your instant reaction when the baby starts crying?
A. I look for the feeding bottle
B. I get anxious
C. I try to calm the baby
7. How often do you wake up at night to check on your baby?
B. Multiple times
C. As and when the baby needs me
8. How do you feel after you sleep?
A. I feel rested but not refreshed
B. I feel energized
C. I feel fine but fatigued
9. Are you able to eat properly?
A. No, I constantly feel nauseous
B. Yes, as long as my partner is around
C. Yes, but I am not eating healthy food
10. Are you getting regular headaches, gastric issues, or any other health issues post-pregnancy?
A. Yes, often
B. No, I don’t
C. Yes, but not often
11. Do you feel worried for your baby even after they are well-fed and tucked in bed?
A. Yes, and it tires me
C. Yes, but not excessively
12. Do you think your mood changes are inhibiting you from leading your daily routine?
A. Yes, but I am coping with it
B. Not as much
C. Yes, and it is difficult
13. Are you finding it difficult to cope with your new lifestyle?
A. Yes, I do miss my old life
B. Yes, but I am ready for it
C. Yes, I am unable to cope
14. Do you think you have enough support to look after the baby?
A. No, I don’t
B. Yes, even then, it’s hard
C. I do, but I end up doing most things
15. Do you feel like crying even if you don’t feel sad?
A. Not really
B. Yes, I do
C. Yes, almost everyday