New research shows that pregnancy may trigger obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in some women or make existing OCD habits stand out...
New research shows that pregnancy may trigger obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in some women or make existing OCD habits stand out even more. OCD, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a type of anxiety disorder in which you have unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to engage in repetitive behaviors (compulsions). This might be stuff like compulsively washing your hands or checking to see that you turned the oven off. See OCD symptoms. According to the new research, certain cases of OCD involve abnormal responses to hormonal changes which could account for why pregnant women experience problems. It's funny, because if anything pregnancy and having a baby made me LESS compulsive. You can't control babies all that well and for me it was better to just let stuff go a little more. For example, a clean house when you need sleep is highly overrated. Yeah I washed my hands a lot but mostly I didn't worry. Still the research shows that some women do worry so much that their OCD habits may spiral out of control when mixed with pregnancy hormones. If you have a feeling that OCD issues are overly affecting your life you need to discuss it with your midwife or doctor. *Source

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