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So as most of you know, the beginning of my pregnancy was very tough for me. I was dealing with an untreated anxiety disorder and between the excited yet scary feelings about being pregnant plus the crazy hormones in the beginning, my anxiety just went downhill. I was having frequent, horrible panic/anxiety attacks, I couldn't sleep, I was crying and just miserable.
Long story short, my OB and I discussed medication and came to an agreement on one and I started taking it around 7ish week pregnant coupled with 3 weeks off of work for some R&R. By 14 weeks I was MUCH better, calmer, happier, enjoying my pregnancy, no anxiety attacks.
Until this week ... I don't know if it just surging hormones + my subconscious nervousness about L&D ... or what but so far Sun night, Mon night & tonight my anxiety has peaked. It's usually around the same time, between 7 and 10 pm, and it doesn't last very long. I do my deep breathing, distraction techniques, etc. and it helps but I have NO idea why they are back! I could be 100% fine one minute then bam it hits me. For example, we had a nice dinner and I was fine. We finished and about a 1/2 hour later I jumped in the shower and halfway through my shower I got that familiar feeling of an anxiety attack, slight dizziness, shaky legs & hands, that impending doom feeling.
I have my 29 week appointment tomorrow and I'm going to mention this to my OB but after researching & reading my baby books it seems like this may be "common" towards the end.
Wow.. I'm so sorry that you are regressing now..
In a way it doesn't surprise me because your body is so whacked out in the third trimester its not even funny. My blood sugar is WAY harder to manage now and I'm having eczema break outs. (Which I haven't had since I was a child)...
I hope that you and your OB figure out something that works for you again. KUP on how you progress with this.
Thankfully *knock on wood* they have not been nearly as bad as they were in the first tri! And I agree about everything being out of whack in the 3rd tri ...
I'm sure there isn't much more that the OB can do since I'm already taking medication ... and therapy. Probably just something I'll have to deal with until labor. Makes me slightly nervous about PPD though ... eeeek
I had horrible panic attacks with my last pregancy. Started when I got really sick and couldn't breath and therefore couldnt sleep. I had never had them before, so it was terrifiying. I got on some medication and, while I think I was still over-emotional (even for a pregnant women, hehe) it did get better. I'm sorry you have to deal with this. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Luckily, I haven't had them this pregnancy so far. Just a little anxiety when it comes to trying to sleep sometimes. Hope it passes quickly.
I am sorry this is happening again for you. I think that bringing it up with your doctor is a good idea. I have been feeling a lot more anxious lately so I wonder if the third trimester really does ramp things up. Luckily you know to be on the lookout for PPD so you will be able to treat it if it comes up.
So sorry that your panic attacks have returned. I know all too well how scary they can be. I was diagnosed with GAD a few years back and have been trying to make it through this pregnancy drug free but it's been hard. The closer I get to my due date the more anxious I've been getting. I hope that your panic attacks subside and you feel better soon.