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I need ADVICE! very bad anxiety. Emily Williams 1 child; Lehi, Utah 52 posts
19th Apr '12

When i first found out i was pregnant i quit smoking, drinking and taking my bipolar, antianxiety meds... I am really suffering BAD. I'm 6 months pregnant i literally obsess on things like my fear of getting my blood drawn. when i got my first blood draw at the beginning of my pregnancy i was so worked up on getting my blood drawn that when the time came i started having a seizure. Now i'm facing the gestational diabetes test. I don't know how to manage this anxiety without my medications... Its been very hard. How am i supposed to enjoy pregnancy when im constantly in fear!? Everyone is telling me childbirth is worse, honestly the only thing i fear is the IV and the Epidural!!!!!!!
Can someone tell me some natural remedies to help with anxiety?
I really don't want to take any medications while im pregnant i don't want it to pass to my son.

"L" 2 kids; Danville, Indiana 5901 posts
19th Apr '12

this is my first pregnancy so i really dont have any advice. just wanted to say that i hope everything goes okay for you and that you find the answers/help that you need :)

Asher's mommy 1 child; Grapevine, Texas 4979 posts
19th Apr '12

Breath. Seriously, that is the most important thing I can do for myself when I'm having a panic attack. Some ladies will say baths and things which are good, too, to relax, but in the middle of a panic attack the most important thing you can do is breath.



I sit there and repeatedly tell myself "Okay, Christan... this will pass. Breath in... breath out... breath in... breath out. You are stronger than this and you can make it go away. Breath in... breath out..."



It passes every time, just like I tell myself it will.

NICKEL☮POLIS 2 kids; Ontario 6268 posts
19th Apr '12
Quoting Emily Williams:" When i first found out i was pregnant i quit smoking, drinking and taking my bipolar, antianxiety meds... ... [snip!] ... remedies to help with anxiety? I really don't want to take any medications while im pregnant i don't want it to pass to my son."


You sound like me. I have really bad anxiety as well but don't take medication for it. And like you, I was more scared of the epidural and IV then I was of the actual labour. (Which doesn't make sense now that I've been through it because they've got NOTHING on it). I even put off my GD test until I was like 36 weeks because I was so anxious over getting blood drawn. I just pushed through the light headed-ness and racing heart. It was hard but I just reminded myself that it too would pass. When you start doubting yourself and flaking over the anxiety think about your baby, and how everything unpleasant that you have to endure is for their them.

eℓℓie☮ 1 child; North Carolina 2081 posts
19th Apr '12

I was the same way to an extent. Especially that first time getting blood work done, but honestly, I just got over it somehow. I don't know how, otherwise I'd tell you in a heartbeat. I know I just kept telling myself I've GOT to be strong for my son. I can handle anything & I CAN do this. It's only temporary.

Asher's mommy 1 child; Grapevine, Texas 4979 posts
19th Apr '12

You should also take prenatal yoga... not only is it relaxing, but it will give you useful tools for how to handle anxiety.

CakeBakin'Mama 34 kids; Indiana 678 posts
19th Apr '12

Have you talked to your doctors about this? I know you don't want to take any meds, but the stress hormones from your anxiety are not good for your little one either. I was on anti-depressants before becoming pregnant with my son and my doc said that I could take them all the way through because of how our emotions and moods can affect our babies. We're on a roller coaster of emotions and hormones as it is...we don't need to add to it! :-)

Emily Williams 1 child; Lehi, Utah 52 posts
19th Apr '12

Thanks for the input, I'll try some breathing exercises, I really just need more confidence too... Ive been wanting to do some prenatal Yoga, trying to find some good books on it. Its really hard to do things when i feel like i need to sleep all the time but that never happens haha., Plus the anxiety has made me gain weight quicker than I should. I don't overly eat but hell I have gained 45 pounds in 6 months!!!! :x

Emily Williams 1 child; Lehi, Utah 52 posts
19th Apr '12
Quoting LydRuth:" Have you talked to your doctors about this? I know you don't want to take any meds, but the stress hormones ... [snip!] ... and moods can affect our babies. We're on a roller coaster of emotions and hormones as it is...we don't need to add to it! :-)"

I do have a doctors appt on Wednesday, I will talk to her about it... I really do want to see if they have some sort of natural supplement to soothe the anxiety.

msperry Due August 15 (boy); 1 child; Utah 5 posts
19th Apr '12

I am almost 6 months to and i wake my self up at night with anxiaty attacks and all of the pregnancy. I had the same problem with my first pregnancy and what got me through it was litterly talking to my self and reassuring myself that I am fine and I will get through this. Having good support helps and the best person to start with is you. You can talk your self into and out of anything. LOL It takes me about 2 days to convince myself for blood work. I see you live in Utah to your not that far from me. I'll let you know if I find anything here that would help you.

Jo&M 2 kids; Delaware 3311 posts
19th Apr '12

I have an extreme needle phobia. My first childbirth I refused any needles until the very end because I was so terrified. And I passed out when they went to put it in. That was for the IV- and I couldn't get the epi after that because I was so anxious.
The second time I REALLY wanted that epidural and had to be induced due to blood pressure problems... so they went to put the IV in my hand for Saline... and I passed out again. My doctor ordered them to give me some Nitrous Oxide (which isn't normally used here in the US) to sedate me enough to get the epidural in. It worked very well to cut down the fear to a more manageable level. My blood pressure still shot up and I still cried like a giant baby- but I stayed conscious and got the epi in.

Emily Williams 1 child; Lehi, Utah 52 posts
10th May '12

Good news everyone! I took my gestational diabetes test like a champ! Lol i think i just got over it! :)

kmarythomas Due December 13; Manassas, Virginia 3 posts
4th Jul '13

I am glad everything went okay for you!