It’s frustrating when your heart palpitations come to you out of the blue.

You’ve never struggled with this before.

There was a moment I was holding one of my twins, looking out the small apartment window on the second floor, and thinking; “I will never get to leave this house if I continue to breastfeed both of them.”

When I stopped breastfeeding, insomnia set in.

Picture this.

You finally stop breastfeeding, then you can’t sleep, then you struggle with fatigue, overthinking, and panic attacks.

This is postpartum anxiety.

It took me a long time to know these words: “postpartum anxiety”, trauma and triggered.

But, that’s what happens when you’re unable to regulate your nervous system.

Ask yourself, do you have any of these symptoms?

12 Signs of postpartum anxiety

  • insomnia – can’t sleep
  • heart palpitations
  • dizziness, light head
  • stomach issues
  • tight chest
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • sweating
  • can’t focus
  • crying spells
  • overthinking, circular thinking, or intrusive thoughts
  • exhaustion

So, what can you do about it?

First, why does postpartum anxiety happen? Here are 12 reasons..

    • insomnia
    • postpartum adrenal fatigue
    • depleted vitamins and minerals {B vitamins}
    • unresolved trauma; from birth or before and you’ve been triggered
    • unable to detoxify estrogen from your body
    • MTHFR gene
    • lack of help and/or support
    • your thyroid is off
    • your iron levels are low
    • you’re unable to regulate your nervous system
    • you live in a house with mold or did at one time

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How long does postpartum anxiety last?

It can last up to a year and then doctors tend to call it just “anxiety”, but it could be coming from an estrogen dominance that began after birth.

Postpartum Anxiety Treatment

What can you do about it?

  • get tested for the MTHFR gene and eat the foods that support your body
  • practice being present with breathing techniques and tapping
  • soothe your nervous system daily with herbs, homeopathy and warm cooked diet
  • make sleep a priority
  • learn how to remove mold spores from your body and take steps to clear your home of mold
  • write about your trauma and noticed when you get triggered

I go over these steps in The Present Momma Group training.

Zoloft for postpartum anxiety

Considering Zoloft for your anxiety? Watch this video to see my alternatives to medications

Postpartum anxiety at night

We also tend to get

Postpartum health anxiety

This is just another way for your body to protect itself.  You worry about your health, and your children’s health, and then anxiety gets ramped up.  At the heart of it, you want to learn how to soothe your nervous system.

Give yourself a chance to heal naturally


There are many reasons we struggle with postpartum anxiety.  Know that your body can heal when you get to the root cause of this stress and overwhelm.  Sometimes medication is needed for a short time until you uncover how to heal your body.  If medications don’t work for you, there are many herbal remedies and holistic practices you can start doing; even if you’re breastfeeding.

xo Tara

Postpartum anxiety symptoms & treatment