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What You Need To Know About Postpartum Mental Health

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11. What Is Postpartum OCD?
There is a lot of information on postpartum anxiety and depression, but experiencing symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, isn’t talked about much. About three to five percent of moms will experience this, and you don’t have to have a prior diagnosis of OCD.

Intrusive, and often upsetting thoughts are the main characteristics of OCD and bring with it worry about being alone with your baby, obsessive routines like needing to check in on the baby or being hypervigilant. Most of the time, you are very aware that something is wrong and may feel ashamed of your thoughts or actions.