7 Most Common Types of Intrusive Thoughts in New Moms & Dads


In this video, learn the 7 categories of common obsessive, intrusive thoughts found in postpartum women and men. They are a common symptom of postpartum anxiety and postpartum OCD, and while they feel frightening and intense, are completely treatable.

They include thoughts of:

  1. suffocation/sudden infant death (SIDS)

  2. accidents

  3. ideas or urges of intentional harm

  4. losing the baby

  5. illness

  6. unacceptable sexual thoughts

  7. contamination


What Are Intrusive Thoughts?

What Are Intrusive Thoughts?

Did you develop thoughts that scare you after having your baby?

Intrusive thoughts are one of the most common postpartum symptoms for new moms and dads. Yet, they are also the most misunderstood, even by healthcare professionals. The shame that they create lead us to hide and suffer alone. Many are scared to share with healthcare professionals for fear of their child getting taken away. Most of the women I work with don't even tell their partners about this symptom. 

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