Re: anyone have anxiety/panic while pregnant?
I have always had generalized anxiety. However, since being pregnant my anxiety has been through the roof. I worry about everything...about if my baby is healthy, if I'm supposed to be showing, if I should be feeling the baby, how I'm going to be able to afford day care, etc. I rented a doppler for use at home and it has helped me get from one doctor visit to the next. But I'm addicted to it...for the last week or two I have been listening everyday. And I know there is no evidence that it can cause harm, I just wish I could use the doppler once a week or so. But my anxiety just takes over. I too thought pregnancy was supposed to help with anxiety but I just can't logically think of how. I mean hormones are rushing through our bodies like never before and we have very precious cargo. I would think even the most stable minded person would have some anxiety during pregnancy. My doctor didn't want to give me anything for anxiety when I asked her about it, but that was about 12 weeks so maybe because it was still so early...But I don't think your doctor would give you something that would be unsafe. I really don't have much advice because I have yet to take anything during my pregnancy. But I just wanted to let you know you aren't the only one. The only other advice I can give you is to try to take some time for yourself...read, watch a movie, go for a walk, go shopping, whatever you like doing. I often feel better when I do something like that and so my anxiety gets pushed aside. It's when I'm bored that it starts taking center stage.