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date: 22 June 2021

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This chapter provides an overview of the research into anxiety, stress, and worry during the perinatal period. It provides information on rates of disorders and of high levels of anxiety and their impact. Examples of the content of several anxiety disorders, both during pregnancy and the postpartum period, are given. Causes and risk factors for anxiety are discussed, together with its course over the perinatal period. Mention is made of specific perinatal studies looking at treatment for anxiety, and the author provides ideas on areas for future research. However, all of this information is tempered by an important caveat, in which the author suggests that much of the research that has been conducted in this area is, in fact, flawed.

Keywords: Perinatal anxiety, antenatal anxiety, postpartum anxiety, stress, review, measurement, assessment

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