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I just found out that I'm pregnant and I'm worried that my anxiety is going to affect my pregnancy. I want to be calm and relax but I'm just always anxious!
Has anyone on here ever gone through pregnancy while battling anxiety. How did you cope?
I'm wondering if the pregnancy symptoms will distract me from the anxiety. I hope so!!!
 
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Congratulations on the baby. Pregnancy can be a really wonderful experience in a woman's life so I hope you can enjoy, not endure, the 40 weeks. I have had 5 babies. I can recall life difficulties during pregnancy number 3. We sold a house and had to rent for a while. My then husband wanted to buy a house which was cheap but required to be underpinned due to subsidence. We did buy it and all was well. During that time I was unsettled and not very happy. I was not on any medication for anxiety but I did feel it. If I knew then what I know now I would have looked at and employed relaxation techniques and classes to help ( a little difficult with 2 other kids). I probably would have hoped to also do short meditations for calmness maybe 3 times a day say for 10 minutes? You will just do your best. I maybe hope you have an experienced Mum friend to lean on. I don't expect to have been much help but am wishing you the best of luck xx Please do keep us updated with your progress and feelings. That will hopefully help too x
 
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Congratulations on the baby. Pregnancy can be a really wonderful experience in a woman's life so I hope you can enjoy, not endure, the 40 weeks. I have had 5 babies. I can recall life difficulties during pregnancy number 3. We sold a house and had to rent for a while. My then husband wanted to buy a house which was cheap but required to be underpinned due to subsidence. We did buy it and all was well. During that time I was unsettled and not very happy. I was not on any medication for anxiety but I did feel it. If I knew then what I know now I would have looked at and employed relaxation techniques and classes to help ( a little difficult with 2 other kids). I probably would have hoped to also do short meditations for calmness maybe 3 times a day say for 10 minutes? You will just do your best. I maybe hope you have an experienced Mum friend to lean on. I don't expect to have been much help but am wishing you the best of luck xx Please do keep us updated with your progress and feelings. That will hopefully help too x
Thank you for your kind words and I will definitely give updates on my journey 🤞🙌🏻😊
 
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Congratulations! 😊 Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I‘ve actually been wondering the same. My husband and I are currently trying for our first. But I’m concerned about being off medication while pregnant. I have a complicated past, and SSRI’s brought me through it. I’m off of them for the first time in about 8 years (tapered off 3 months ago). Just wondering if you were previously on medication, or still currently?
 
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Thank you 😊😊😊!! November 2020 I was put on sertraline but I was only on it for 5 days because of the horrible side effects. He then prescribe me lexapro and ativan. I didn't take the lexapro as I was worried about the side effects however I took the ativan for about 3 weeks to a month and then stop. Currently am not on any medication and my anxiety is though the roof but I'm just trying to push through for the sake of my baby. Congratulations on coming off your meds after 8 years, that's amazing! I hope you guys will conceive soon🤞🙌🏻😊. If you want we could stay in touch and I will keep you posted on my journey🤗
 
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Congratulations on the baby!! Honestly, I feel that my pregnancy helped me with my anxiety. I think it was the prenatal vitamins I was taking. The first 3 months were the hardest since I felt so sick and my anxiety didn’t help at all but I honestly thank my pregnancy for probably putting all my crazy hormones in place lol!😁
 
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Congratulations on the baby!! Honestly, I feel that my pregnancy helped me with my anxiety. I think it was the prenatal vitamins I was taking. The first 3 months were the hardest since I felt so sick and my anxiety didn’t help at all but I honestly thank my pregnancy for probably putting all my crazy hormones in place lol!😁
Omg I can't tell you how much these words meant to me😊😊😊😊 thank you so much!!! I prayed that it put mine in check as well because I can't deal with pregnancy and anxiety, it's overwhelmingly! I just want to get through the first trimester 🤞🤞🤞
 
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