Panic attacks/depression while pregnant

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sophie grace
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   Posted 11/7/2011 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 32 and pregnant with my first child. I've been off and on anti-depressants for 10 years, but recently been managing with xanax. I understand it's a temporary fix to a larger problem but hated being on meds every day. When I found out I was pregnant I stopped taking all meds (xanax and hydrocodone, for chronic back pain). I'm going through a midwife for the pregnancy and trying to be as healthy and natural as possible, however, I have been isolating myself, not wanting to be around any friends because when I do anything social I have a panic attack. My midwife has urged me to see an ob/gyn to get on anti-deps or anti-anxiety meds but I'm fearful of the affects to the baby. I've also been in severe pain and have taken a couple hydrocodones. Does anyone have experience with anti-dep/anxiety and pain meds during pregnancy? I've tried to research it on line and find a mixed review on the drugs or that there isn't enough evidence.
Thanks in advance for your help!!

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   Posted 11/7/2011 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sophie Grace,

Welcome to the healingwell depression forum. First of all congradulations on your pregnancy. And you are right, there isn't enough evidence to know whether or not it is safe to take antidepressants when you are pregnant, but your doc would know more than anybody. So I would make an appointment with them and ask them what is safe.

Have you tried any deep breathing exercises for your anxiety? It can really help you to stay in the moment. Meditation is a good one too. I would go as natural as possible. Just for the safety of your baby. I don't know if the hydrocodone is safe either, but when you have chronic pain, it is hard to go without. I have fibromyalgia and take hydrocodone too. I wouldn't make it without it. It does help.

I am sure you will get input from our other members. It has been a little slow today on the forum, so be patient. I am sure that there are others with advice.

Take care,

And again, congratulations...

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sophie grace
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   Posted 11/7/2011 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the response!
I have started an audio book called Real Happiness and it's a guided meditation. It does help, but when I'm out with my friends socially I find it hard to cope and that's when the panic feelings start. It's very weird because these are friends I've known for 15+ years. It's disheartening to not want to be around anyone, especially close friends, and that in turn has gotten me a little down. I'm really trying to only take the hydrocodone in emergencies and would do the same with anti-anxiety meds.
Thanks again! Have a good day!!

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   Posted 11/7/2011 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you are trying to do all the right things. If your midwife says go to doc, I would...I think they know quite a bit more these days on what is safe during pregnancy. Alot of that may be hormonal, but that explains it, but doesn't help

Hope doc can help to find some satisfactory answers for you

Congratulations on your pregnancy!! Kids are the cherry on top!!

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   Posted 11/7/2011 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Continue practicing the meditation, eventually you will be able to use it even around people. I agree with Maggie, a lot of this could be hormonal at this time. But I know, anxiety sucks... I hate that feeling of fear and nervousness. Keep in the zone...

You will get there.

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   Posted 11/7/2011 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
with much healing compassion to you and bub, jamie.
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