New Mom Secret: I Am Too Paranoid to Go Outside

Sasha Brown-Worsham
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It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me)—we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:

I knew I was in trouble the first time we took my 6-month-old daughter outside. She was only 4 days old. My husband got the stroller all packed up, we put it on the infant setting, and we walked three blocks to the drugstore. As soon as we were on the main road, I was having a panic attack. Every car that was on the road 20 feet away was a potential danger to my child. I was a complete wreck. By the time we got home, I was shaking. It's still like that for me even now, six months later. I don't want to take her anywhere because I feel so nervous. -- Anonymous

I completely relate to this and had a very similar experience the first time I took my infant child out. It was easier with the second baby, but new babies always fill any new mom with dread. They are scary! And floppy! And tiny!

That said, at six months, that should have started to dissipate a bit. If it hasn't, you might want to look into some kind of therapy or counseling. You should be enjoying your baby and out and about, not terrified to go anywhere. Counseling might help you with this.

Do you have any advice for this mom?

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