Are New Moms OCD?

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Anew mother may con­stantly worry and check to see if her baby is still breath­ing. Or she may fret about germs, ob­sess­ing whether she’s prop­erly ster­il­ized the bot­tles, then wash and re­wash them.

new North­west­ern Medicine® study found that women who have re­cently given birth have a much higher rate of ob­ses­sive-com­pul­sive symp­toms than the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. The study found 11 per­cent of women at two weeks and six months post­par­tum ex­pe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant ob­ses­sive-com­pul­sive symp­toms com­pared to 2 to 3 per­cent in the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. This is the first large-scale lon­gi­tu­di­nal study of ob­ses­sive­com­pul­sive symp­toms in the post­par­tum pe­riod. Th­ese symp­toms, in­clud­ing fear of in­jur­ing the baby and worry about germs, are usu­ally tem­po­rary and could re­sult from hor­monal changes or be an adap­tive re­sponse to car­ing for a new baby, re­searchers said. But if the com­pul­sions in­ter­fere with a mother’s func­tion­ing, they may in­di­cate a psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­or­der. “It may be that cer­tain kinds of ob­ses­sions and com­pul­sions are adap­tive and ap­pro­pri­ate for a new par­ent, for ex­am­ple those about clean­li­ness and hy­giene,” said study se­nior author Dana Gos­sett, M.D., chief and as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of ob­stet­rics and

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