Post # 1
Hi there , I’ve been on this board before but I seem to have forgotten my username. I was wondering if any pregnant ladies out there have dealt with Panic Disorder while pregnant? I had a nervous breakdown about 7 years ago and have been good until in the later stages of pregnancy. My last pregnancy which was about 2 years ago, resulted in attacks where my heart rate would go up to around 200 and I couldn’t breathe. As soon as the baby was born all issues went away. Currently 17 weeks with the next one and the issues are starting earlier. No idea what triggers them and I’m not stressed at the moment.
Post # 2
black_sheep64 : have you seen a doctor for them? I was the opposite, I have gad, panic disorder, and cptsd. When I got pregnant, I just expected to have a horrible time because of what I was already being treated for. The hormones completely mellowed me out and my anxiety didn’t spin out of control again until I started to wein my daughter from breastfeeding.
Hormones do crazy things but there is help. Panic attacks and racing hearts are not good for you or for baby.
I would find someone who specializes in these medications (my prescriber is a nurse practicioner who is under a psychiatrist, I’ve been with her for ten years and never met her boss 🤷🏻♀️)
In my experience, my prescriber has been the most knowledgeable about my medications, and about which medications were safe to continue through the pregnancy and which ones needed to be stopped, which ones I could take while breastfeeding etc
Your obgyn is also an important factor in this decision as well, but I’ve found that no one is as knowledgeable about the medications as my prescriber is
Obviously breathing exercises and relaxation exercises can help, but it sounds like a hormone problem to me, almost like how you can get high blood pressure, or even liver disease (happened to my cousin with all three of her pregnancies) while pregnant and then it completely goes away after the baby is born
Post # 3
black_sheep64 : Hi ther. I have anxiety attacks as well as panic attacks, as well. Not so much anymore, but theyve definitely happened. WHat I try to do is when I have them, figure out what I thought of or waht I saw or felt right before it. Usually its a build up with anxiety attacks, and panic attackd come unexpectedly. Also, after the attack I try to think about it again. This way I understand what im thinkign about before, during, and after the attack, so that when it happens again in ter future, I dont let it get the best of me.
I have seen that showering helps a great deal. Like a nice hot shower, and then change it to a cold setting so that your body reacts to it instead of reacting to your mind. Also, I walk out of the room im in when im having an attack, less familiarity.
Im sorry, bee, these are nothing to play around with. Just remember, youre strong enough to feel and go through it, but your baby may struggle with that tension/pressure. Much love.
Post # 4
Sansa85 : I’ve been to a doctor multiple times over this same issue. I truly love my children and it’s weird how it happens out of the blue. Sunday I was making dinner and I got this hot flash, started sweating, and was having issues breathing. Lasted about 2 minutes then my chest felt numb. Its minus 30 here so I opened the door and stood outside. I started to feel a bit better. Went to the doctor to have some tests done yesterday but I’m not sure if anything will come of it.
Post # 5
black_sheep64 : I’m glad they are doing tests, good luck! Hang in there, you will get this sorted out
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Post # 7
black_sheep64 : I think it is the changes in hormone levels for me. Sometimes out of the blue I feel like my heart is racing and I cant breath. I keep a bottle of cold water with me as drinking lots calms me pretty quick but it is the worst feeling. It is not a full blown panic attack but Ive never had one so I dont really know. This has just come with pregnancy for me. It almost feels like panic mixed with anaphylaxis, it is horrible. I have always been an emotional person but pregnancy has definitely increased how emotional I am and triggered anxiety in me. You are not alone!
Post # 8
black_sheep64 : hormones, girl.
When you have a panic attack, or even an anxiety attack, ALWAYS center your breathing. You need long, deep breaths. Like my general rule is 5 seconds inhale and 5 seconds exhale. I have a problem with even that bc i have pretty bad asthma, so i start panicking not being able to breathe in a full breath and my nose plugs up and my lungs hurt, but it is crucial to get you into a calmer state ASAP.
You say you are not sure what triggers it, I have a feeling it’s hormones because it seems like you don’t get any other time aside from pregnancy? Stress?
Post # 9
black_sheep64 : Usually the colder the air, it feels nice and refreching. BUT if its too cold, the less oxygen I feel I have. That could be an issue?
Post # 10
I’ve had several of what I believe to be anxiety attacks in the past few weeks. Some social anxiety, and some just severe general anxiety over baby, obligations, stress, and other things I can’t quite pinpoint.
I have realized that a portion of it is connected to lack of sleep and the need to be eating more regularly. Since I’ve been making more of an effort to sleep/nap more, to counteract waking up multiple times at night, I have noticed less anxiety. Also, my husband has been very good about checking in with me and helping me to calm down even before it happens.
It’s stressful. But moreso when I dwell on it.
Post # 11
bethio : not sleeping well is a major trigger for me, if I have a bad nights sleep, my anxiety is usually heightened the next day, I’m glad you’re able to sneak extra naps in and that it’s helping you stay more calm