Hello Baby, Goodbye Intrusive Thoughts

Stop the Spiral of Anxiety and OCD to Reclaim Wellness on Your Motherhood Journey

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Pub Date Aug 01 2024 | Archive Date Aug 01 2024

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Parents envision pregnancy and birth as occasions for celebratory joy. Yet, for many women, this period is also met with fear and uncertainty. For women experiencing perinatal anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the resources are almost nonexistent. Hello Baby, Goodbye Intrusive Thoughts offers evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP) strategies to manage worry, reduce anxiety, and stop the spiral of frightening thoughts—so new moms can spend less time “in their heads,” and more time bonding with their child.  

Say goodbye to anxiety, OCD, and alarming thoughts with this compassionate guide for new moms. Many parents envision pregnancy and birth as occasions for celebratory joy, but it can also be a difficult and demanding experience that leads many women to physical exhaustion, mental fatigue, and ultimately, chronic burnout. Yet, if you’re like many other women, you may also be struggling with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. While women are regularly screened for and educated about postpartum depression at prenatal and postnatal care visits, most are not screened for anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). If you’re experiencing anxiety or OCD, this gentle guide can help you find peace from worry, get unstuck from scary thoughts, and start focusing on the beautiful journey ahead of you.

Hello Baby, Goodbye Intrusive Thoughts offers evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP) strategies to soothe anxiety and stop the spiral of frightening thoughts during the crucial perinatal period—so you can spend less time “in your head,” and more time connecting with your child during this crucial bonding period. You’ll learn to understand what’s driving your anxious thoughts and behaviors; make peace with uncertainty; avoid unhelpful mind traps; connect with your values; set boundaries with others; and create lifelong, stress-free habits that better serve you and your growing family.

Maternal wellness” has traditionally focused on the physical health of women, thereby ensuring the health of the baby. However, the actual wellness of a mother as a whole person has often been neglected, leaving many to experience emotional and mental challenges without adequate resources or even acknowledgement. If you’re struggling with perinatal anxiety or OCD, this essential guide can help you reclaim your mental health, so you can get back to the things that truly matter to you.

Parents envision pregnancy and birth as occasions for celebratory joy. Yet, for many women, this period is also met with fear and uncertainty. For women experiencing perinatal anxiety or...


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PAGES 176

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A compassionate, well-researched guide to dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder as a parent, particularly a new parent.

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I received this book as a "Read Now" option on NetGalley. I am a first time mom who suffered from anxiety and OCD before pregnancy, and saw a shift in how they presented postpartum. I came across this title and immediately saved it because it seemed like it would be incredibly helpful at this point in my life. Overall I thought it was a pretty good and quick read. I'll break up my deeper thought based on the parts of the book. Part 1: I thought this part was a bit redundant and probably could have been edited down. It felt like a lot of repeating information and came across as condescending to the reader. In reality I imagine this part was stretched a bit to reflect the length of the other parts, but I feel that was unnecessary. Part 2: This section was my favorite of the book, and is one I'd want to go back to with a physical copy. The practicals were so helpful. The different guided exposure exercises and ideas for journaling or reflection were a huge takeaway for me in particular. I don't want to give away too much, but Part 2 alone will be why I recommend this book to new parents. Part 3: A lot of the information in this part was similar to any other parenting book, but it added the unique lens of anxiety and OCD. It didn't feel like anything groundbreaking, but it was very practical and also validating. Overall: I think the language in this book was super gendered which is surprising for 2024. I'd be curious to know how intrusive thoughts manifest in all parents, not just moms. I also personally like stepping away from defaulting to "mom and dad" and instead leaning into "parents or caregivers." Like I said, overall I thought this book was great. I will likely pick up a physical copy to refer back to and will highly recommend it to other new parents.

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I can see this tome helping lots of mothers, both first time and seasoned moms! Anxiety and intrusive thoughts are part of the name of the game, and this book both normalizes and helps parents deal with anxiety. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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As a first time mom who gave birth prematurely and is currently suffering postpartum depression, this book holds a special place in my heart. Knowing that there are a lot of moms feeling guilty and isolated with their thoughts it is actually nice to know that there are other REAL people with the same kind of experience. This book with its realistic approach actually offers assurance to its readers that everything is totally normal and that everything is going to be okay.

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