Postpartum anxiety and maybe depression? High BP

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   Posted 7/17/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
So I think I'm having some sort of post-partum GAD.  I don't usually suffer from GAD but I am riddled with awful anxiety all day long unless I take extra Lorazepam.
I am depressed and crying a lot but I'm thinking its because I am so panicky and anxious.
For some reason my blood pressure has been at or over 150/100.  It's never been that high in my entire life.  It's always been 120/80 or less.
I quit smoking 4 days ago too, maybe that's part of the anxiety but I don't know.
I had a baby girl on 7-7-08.  Amelia Candice.  She weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
Any thoughts would be helpful.
I've been to the doc like 5 times this week.  I was put on Bystollic at the urgent care which is a beta blocker for the high BP and we'll see if it helps with the panic.
I guess I"m not feeling so much panicky as I'm feeling so much anxiety.
And it's frustrating because this should be a restful time so I can recover but it's not.
HELP sad

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   Posted 7/17/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm happy for your safe and healthy delivery: Amelia Candace is a beautiful combination of names. Congratulations!

Having never had a child, I can't offer advice, only support and caring. I hope lots of the others will be along soon to help you sort out what you're experiencing.


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   Posted 7/17/2008 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful baby girl, love her name!  Right after I had my daughter, I was an emotional wreck, anxious all day every day and cried over the smallest thing.  You have alot of hormonal changes taking place right now, plus the stress of a new baby in the house...even wonderful things can be stressful.  You hang in there and keep coming here for support.  It does get better.  Congratulations again, I am so happy for you!

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   Posted 7/17/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
did the anxiety ever pass june?

and thanks percy
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   Posted 7/17/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
It did get better over time, eventually your hormones will level out some and you will get more settled into your new role as mommy and it will improve.  You have to remember that you've been through alot with pregnancy, delivery, etc.  Now your body and mind just need some time to adjust to all the changes.  You'll get there, and I'm always here if you need someone to talk too!  All my best to you!

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   Posted 7/17/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   


CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful baby girl, that is awesome.  Your  reactions are not unlike so many other women who go through this illness. I think you need to keep on seeing your physician and make sure you get help while going through this anxiety.

Please know you are not alone, and keep posting.  Bless you sweetie



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   Posted 7/18/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Twiggy.... Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter. What lovely names you have picked.
The post partum period can be sooooo stressfull , especially for first time moms. Your hormones are outa whack, you're not sleeping.... you are suddenly responsible for this little being and it is soo overwhelming. I commend you for going to your physician as soon as you felt things didn't feel normal. I was a basket case after I had my first baby, and I was 31. What helped me, was keeping a journal of all the feelings good and bad I was having.... and of all the things I wanted to tell my daughter.... and all the wonderful new things she did every day. Also... although this has always been really hard for me.... you mustn't be afraid to ask for help. Is there a public health, community best babies group around?. I know that really helped my daughter who had a baby 7 months ago. New moms can compare fears and stories, develop friendships. etc. My daughter even logged on to a online "mama's' group.
You are probably doing a great job. Don't worry about your blood pressure...I had the same thing after my two pregnancies... your B/P will settle eventually. Keep seeing your physician.... and please find some sort of support.... you know the old adage " It takes a village..... " .
God Bless you sweetie... and this precious little soul of yours.
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   Posted 7/19/2008 2:43 AM (GMT -6)   


yeah yeah yeah did it !!

I am the last person to ask on this subject...But I wish you well, and happiness, you deserve this honey.


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   Posted 7/19/2008 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats my Twiggy
I am so proud of you
I know I was like this with first child but it went away in a short time

I pray it does the same for you

Loves to you your man and Amelia

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