Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that can be experienced following a traumatic birth.

PTSD can be brought on straight after the birth or weeks, months or years later.

It is important to get help and advice for PTSD. Symptoms include:

  • flashbacks to the experience
  • nightmares about the experience
  • repetitive and distressing images or sensations
  • physical sensations such as pain, sweating, feeling sick (nausea) or trembling
  • constant negative thoughts about the experience
  • trying to feel nothing at all (emotional numbing) and trying to distract yourself to avoid thinking about what happened
  • avoiding places, people or other things that remind you of the traumatic event
  • watching out for danger or threats and being easily startled
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • difficulty concentrating
  • angry outbursts
  • sleeping problems
  • headaches
  • stomach pain
  • difficulty to bonding with the baby.

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