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Jeminij
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   Posted 6/29/2007 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this board. I spend a lot of time on the lyme disease board and as a result of having lyme, developed an anxiety disorder and agoraphobia. Well, I just found out I am pregnant and totally freaked out. Mostly nervous about my panic and anxiety disorder and having that keep me from a healthy pregnancy and child birth. Well that idea totally freaks me out. I don't take meds. Never did. So white knuckling this very new experience.
 
Anyone here pregnant or have given birth while dealing with anxiety and panic and or agoraphobia. Not sure how that is going to work. I would love any advice.

diane8_8
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   Posted 6/29/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any advice for you, however, I will be trying to conceive in the next few months and would love to hear the replies to your question!!

I went to see a clinic called Mother Risk and was told that numerous panic attacks were a little harmful for the baby so needless to say I was frightenend after that. I would love to hear the views of someone with experience.

In the meantime just try to relax as much as possible through breathing and whatever else helps you relax. I would probably take up Yoga - it's a healthy exercise to do while pregnant and it helps you learn to meditate and relax. That's probably what I'll do.

Jeminij
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   Posted 6/29/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the yoga. Right now I am sick so doing much of anything is difficult, but going to doctors and having get out a lot more than I have had to recently will probably force me to face my fears more and the anxiety of caring for the baby will have to be taken day to day I guess. Not sure, but I mostly have anxiety consistantly more so than actual panic attacks. Those happen about once a month. But stress during pregnancy can't be too good so I want to learn how to relax and go with the flow, but easier said than done.

diane8_8
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   Posted 6/29/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I completely understand and I can relate. I don't have too many panic attacks anymore just more physical anxiety symptoms ie..numbness, tingling sensation in my head, heart racing although they are not debilitating. I can still come to work, hang out with friends, go to restaurants...most people dont' even know I have anxiety. I do worry though about being preggo because along with the mental and emotional changes, come the physical ones. I know of people who can't sleep because of weight gain and because of the large tummy so I worry about that the most.

You know what though? I'm sure it's alllll just our fears and people without anxiety have these fears as well so I'm sure it's normal. Having a baby is a beautiful thing and if we concentrate on that, I think we'll be okay!!!

harry4
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   Posted 6/29/2007 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
sometimes being pregnant stops all anxiety but not always

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/29/2007 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
There are a couple of girls who are always in the chat...usually in the mornings. They are each pregnant and dealiing with anxiety and panic...but not agoraphobia. You may wanna try and catch them and ask. Keli927 is the one girl, and bambola is the other. Like I said, they are each pregnant with anxiety issues, but I am almost positive neither one of them have agoraphobia.

How severe is your agoraphobia? How far along is your pregnancy?

Welcome to our board...you should get a lot of useful advice here. Everyone is really willing to help!

Best of luck to you, and CONGRATS on the BABY!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


stkitt
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   Posted 6/29/2007 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Jeminij

Welcome to our forum and we are glad to have you with us. I am Kitt.

Congratulations on the new baby.

I have never been pregnant and in your situation but I am sure you will find member who can relate.

Gentle Hugs

 


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Jeminij
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   Posted 6/30/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
My anxiety is pretty bad. I have agoraphobia in terms of not wanting to be alone, but I can go out if I am with someone. I stopped driving a year ago. I had it in the past dealing with my lyme disease, but I got over it with just forcing myself to go out and do things and it eventually went away and I was fine. Right now I don't go shopping or things like that, but I do have to go to doctors and I spend a lot of time at my parents, but with a new baby coming, I need to get over it and be more independent. I hope the anxiety gets better on its own, but I imagine will I have to do in the coming months that I will have no choice but to face the fears I have and force myself to be uncomfortable and deal with the anxieties. It is the only way to get through it I know, but prior to now, I haven't been pushed or had a reason to push myself so I am hoping that alone with help. I can go out of my house and take walks and take my dog to the park, but I haven't been in a store in a year now so time to fix that.

Jeminij
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   Posted 7/1/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I need to just tell myself that it won't last forever and that if my body couldn't handle it, it wouldn't have happened and I think all new moms will have lots of anxiety too. Coupled with not feeling well I am sure it is just an overlaod on my body right now and eventually I will either get used to it or just push through until the big day. 8 months will go by quickly I'm sure.

Keli927
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   Posted 7/2/2007 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jemini - I am 22 weeks pregnant and have anxiety and panic disorder. When I become preg in Feb - I was told to stop Zoloft. which I did - I was on 50 mg at the time. 3 months later - anxiety struck! I have been bad ever since. My fears are more about me dying. I have a bad health anxiety - so every time my body feels different from the preg - I freak out and think I am going to die. Ive also been depressed - which I didnt have much of before - but I think with the hormones -its been bad. I cry alot. My drs put me back on zoloft 50 mg and it wasnt helping so they have increased it to 100 mg. Im still feeling some anxiety and panic. Im also dealing with side effects of the meds too - all while being preg! Its been really hard - but you're not alone. I think alot of people have anxiety while preg! so how far along are you? Good Luck!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/2/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to this forum

I have gone thru 3 pregnancies with a/p and I have been fine thru each one of them ........
I dont have your other DD but I do know they say and I believe that the a/p and depression will more times than not lift during preggars

CONGRATS and keep coming back to let us know how you are doing and that lil babe to be

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