(Closed) Anxiety in pregnancy

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
4282 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It may be beneficial for you to speak to your doctor and get on a med that you both agree is safe. These attacks and major anxiety could put your baby MORE at risk than a medication.

Good luck!

Post # 3
9541 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d start with the appointment, to see if it helps, significantly. but don’t feel bad if you end up on a med. You being less stressed out may be better for baby than avoiding a med.

Post # 4
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m 10 weeks pregnant and have panic disorder. I’ve been in therapy on and off for years and have found it to be really helpful. Also, I do take medication for it (Zoloft), and my doctors and I have decided that I should keep taking it during my pregnancy. For me personally, I’m more concerned about what my anxiety issues, unchecked, could do to the baby than about a very slightly increased risk of problems from the medication.  

I haven’t read this through yet, but an acquaintance who’s a clinical psychologist recommended it: http://www.cw.bc.ca/library/pdf/bcrmh_anxietyguide_final.pdf

Good luck!!!

Post # 5
5089 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

This site is a great resource for the most up-to-date research on psychiatric drugs during pregnancy. It’s run by the reproductive psychiatry group at Massachusetts General Hospital: http://womensmentalhealth.org/

I’m not sure where you live, but if it’s near a big city like Boston or NYC, you might see if you can schedule a consult with a specialist in perinatal psychiatry. I did, and it was extremely helpful in my thinking through the risks and benefits of meds during different phases of pregnancy. Different drugs have varying effects depending on what trimester you take them.

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