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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
hi. i am currently pregnant with my second child. i am only 20 years old. i need help! ive got anxiety disorder. this past few months ive been feeling real strange. my palms and feet sweat, my heart beats heavily, i feel hot, my upper arm on the left side kills me and im constantly dizzy. im worried that this may be mini strokes. i have never had an mri before but im getting really worried that if this is mini strokes, and i deliver my child that something terrible like a full blown stroke will happen possibly causing death. i think and worry about it daily and i have no idea what to do. im 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant so i need help soon. any advice pleaseeeee helpp!

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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I really think that you should get to your doctor asap. If you think that it's too bad as of right now, go to the ER. You have to think about your baby and yourself. It might help you get rid of some of your anxiety. In the meantime, take a deep breath...maybe a relaxing bath/shower, whichever you prefer. Try and stay in the moment but my best advice is to get a hold of your doctor as soon as possible. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Let us know how everything goes. Hugs to you!!

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard that in a lot of pregnant women with anxiety disorders, it gradually gets worse. Not only with the stress of impending childbirth/becoming a parent but also hormone changes ect. My best advice is if you think there is anything wrong, for your safety and the safety of your unborn child, go to the doctor, if you're worried, go to the ER. But do remember that with the crazy hormone changes, a lot of things in your body will ache and you will feel a lot of crazy symptoms. I've never had a child, but I'm the only one left of my circle of friends who haven't :P

The hormones could have something to do with the feeling anxious. Also, when being pregnant, it is common that the blood circulation gets a little worse, in most cases, its generally not something to worry about, but again a doctors visit should clear things right up. It could be what the dizziness is from.
The side pain could be from the growth of your baby and your body "making room."

Hope all is well, keep us up to date :)

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   Posted 2/24/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum. You have described the sx of Anxiety but these same sx may be caused by other problems. 
I agree that you should talk with your physician to make sure that you have know medical problem going on just to be on the safe side.
If it turns out to be anxiety, we have lots of great advice to help you through so please do stick with us.
To help you stay focused and keep your anxiety down try the  Three-Part Breath
Find a place where it's quiet.
Sit in a straight back chair with both feet on the floor or lie on the floor with a straight spine.
Begin inhaling by expanding the abdomen (let it inflate like a balloon), ( guess your's already is.....  turn ) Then move the breath into your rib cage and, finally, all the way into your upper chest.
Exhale by reversing this action; begin at your collarbones and exhale down through your rib cage and into your abdomen. Contract your abdominal muscles as you finish exhaling.
You might find it helpful to lightly place your right hand on your abdomen and your left hand on your rib cage to help direct the breath on its journey.

Begin by practicing for one minute and then gradually lengthen the practice to five minutes.

This technique helps to eliminate shallow chest breathing and encourages full exhalation and inhalation.

Once again, there's no need to push yourself or judge yourself for being anxious. The idea is simply to be
quiet for a short time and notice your breath. Take care and know you have found a wonderful and caring Family here in the A & P Forum.


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   Posted 2/24/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with what other ppl are saying about hormones. You have a lot going on right now and hormones just add to the anxiety mix. Everything physical that you are describing sounds like panic attacks to me, though of course I'm not a doctor!  At this point you are probably seeing your ob/gyn every week or two anyways aren't you? I would definitely tell them how you are feeling and unload any fears/concerns that you have. They should be able to reassure you and they'll refer you to another type of doctor if they feel you need to be tested for anything. I remember my body felt pretty weird the last couple of weeks of pregnancy. I would get really winded just walking up 1 flight of stairs and I'd get dizzy really easily. The baby was taking up a lot of room inside me and a lot of my energy. In the mean time, try to lay down and rest as much as possible and do deep breathing exercises. Good luck with everything!

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 2/24/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey! My anxiety was bad with my second baby, too. My therapist at the time allowed me to take an anti-anxiety drug while pregnant. Then another doctor disagreed with the safety of taking it while pregnant, and wouldn't allow me to take it any more. Well, needless to say, Emily is fine and I made it through.

I agree to make an appointment with your doctor and describe what's going on. More than likely it's your anxiety disorder. It's close to delivery time for you and it's only natural that you're getting nervous. Go easy on yourself and try to relax. It will be over soon and you'll have a beautiful, healthy baby! How exciting!
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