• Prenatal and Postnatal OCD

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by in News

    Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD) during pregnancy and after having a baby develops when Mums are naturally focused on the safety and wellbeing of their developing child. Anxiety concerning this high level of responsibility where most women become a lot more concerned about protecting their baby and how their actions can impact on their unborn child. It is also a time of increased stress, major physical change and transition to a new role which can increase vulnerability to developing difficulties and lead to OCD.

    Until recently not a lot of research or attention has been given to OCD in pregnant or new mothers but it is thought now that it affects 2-4% of all new mothers.

    OCD in mothers can be focussed on cleaning and hygiene but can also be a fear of harming the newborn baby or being responsible for accidental harm to the baby.

    Hypnotherapy uses strategies to reduce the stress and fear in pregnancy and as a new mother and helps to break any unwanted habits and negative thought processes.

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