Anyone can experience Birth Trauma and may develop PTSD.
Many women will endure the threat of serious injury or death to themselves or their baby during childbirth and PTSD is a very normal response to what has happened. This is the mind trying to make sense of the story as the body/mind system was overwhelmed at the time. It is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign that your system is trying to process a difficult and frightening incident.
Symptoms can be:
- Feeling fearful and helpless
- Flashbacks or nightmares
- Continued intrusive thoughts (racing mind, going over and over what happened)
- Avoiding anything that is a reminder of the birth – including talking about the birth
- Or, conversely, obsessively talking and thinking about it
- Hyper vigilance (being hyper aware and jumpy)
- Anger and irritability
- Difficulty sleeping
- Chronic pain
- Feeling frozen or numb
- Difficulty connecting with your baby
- Fear of another pregnancy