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Pregnant with anxiety/panic disorder

Posted by on Jan. 7, 2010 at 9:07 PM
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I'm new to this group. I'm 9 weeks along and have suffered from panic for about 9 years. I was just wondering how you moms dealt with pregnancy. Currently I am on meds and go see my psychologist and OB next week to see what can be done. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Sara

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by Member on Jan. 8, 2010 at 12:53 PM


I'm sorry your going through this, I have been there twice so I know exactly what your going through, I know it can be so tough, I know it doesn't seem like it but you will get through it. My 2nd pregnancy I had panic attacks all throughout my pregnancy because my dr wouldn't let me take any type of meds so it was a rough journey but I made it. And my 3rd pregnancy which my son is now 16 months old, my dr let me continue taking my meds which is 100mg Zoloft & 0.5 as needed Klonopin, I would always worry about taking meds and the effects that it would be to my baby. But I searched every where on the net for advice to make me feel at ease and I did find a couple of places for support, one is here at cafemom and another place, I could tell you about also, just pm me.

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by New Member on Jan. 9, 2010 at 10:38 AM

I started experiencing panic attacks/ hypochondria through my 2nd pregnancy. I didn't take ativan until 17 weeks and only as needed. I did however take propanalol which dealt with the heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, shaking, etc from anxiety. It is pretty pregnancy safe. I also took ativan daily form 35-39 weeks bc it got so bad. Try to limit intake in the first trimester, that is when the most fetal damage can occur. Also after 25 weeks, see a specialist who can do an in depth look on a sonogram to check the heart,brain etc. Also don't due the blood test to look for down syndrome etc, that will just create more anxiety. Best of luck. Feel free to contact.

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by Member on Jan. 9, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Thanks for the replies.  As bad as this always sounds, it helps to know other people are going through the same thing.

by New Member on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Hi Sara, I also suffered from panic attacks during my second pregnancy. i have been struggling with them for almost 8 years.  I had just started taking Celexa when I found out I was pregnant. I slowed it down so i could stop it completely but I did take Xanax when needed during my pregnancy.  My feeling is how can it be good for your body and the baby to suffer for 9 months when you can calm yourself down a bit by taking some meds. You are not alone. I hope you are feeling better.

by Member on Jan. 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM

That's what my OB said about taking meds. The benefits for baby outweigh the risks. Anxiety and panic can be harmful to baby cause moms tend not to take care of themselves.

by New Member on Jan. 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I'm 13 weeks along right now, and my panic attacks are getting so bad, that I get woken up in my sleep from them at times.  Before I got pregnant I was taking Klonopin as needed which wasn't very often because it made me feel better knowing that I had something I could take if I NEEDED it and that helped me a lot thru the panic attacks.  Now, I can't take ANYTHING and my anxiety has fired off.  This is the first time I have struggled with panic and anxiety thru pregnancy...I didn't deal with it all during my first one.  I'm trying to do it naturally...with talking to myself and meditation but I don't know how much stress I am causing the baby with the constant ups and downs in my attitude.  I eat when I am supposed to but there are days when I don't want to leave the house because it sparks a panic attack.

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by New Member on Mar. 1, 2010 at 10:31 AM

 I am in the same situation as you. I have been so uneasy this whole pregnancy. I finally broke down and bought me a doppler. I was doing so good and last week out of the blue i just started freaking out. I worry so much that I will have to struggle with this the rest of my life. It is so hard. I also agree with the other poster about not getting the downs test. It will make you worry so much. Please let me know if you need anything.




by on Mar. 4, 2010 at 9:15 AM

I suffered through 3 pregnancy's, it was terrible. Most days I could not leave the house and going to the doctor appts, I was in panic all the time at the appts. None of the doctors were understanding or supportive, just looked atme like I was crazy. Looking back, my advice would be to get tested for anything that could cause severe anxiety (anxiety not just from worry, but especially if it is making you feel "sick"),low iron, low on B vitamins, thyroid....anything like that. I am so sorry anyone has to experience a pregnancy with anxiety/panic not fair.

by Member on Mar. 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM

You know what made me feel better - my OB sent me for genetic counseling because I'm taking Paxil...the counselor made me feel so much better about taking meds.  She had said that nothing had been proven about certain drugs. As always the benefits outweigh the risks.

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