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Chronic anxiety and pregnancy

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mummytobe123 Fri 24-Jun-11 10:05:05

I'm not really sure if I'm posting in the right place but here goes. I've suffered from anxiety all my life though in the past few years it's become quite severe. I've had periods where I've been on medication which has helped and periods but over the past couple of years with some CBT and various other things I've been able to manage my anxiety without medication.

I found out I was pregnant just over a week ago. The pregnancy was planned and this is all I have ever wanted. I should stress there is nothing 'wrong' in my life, other than the normal little things everyone has to worry about.

My concern is that following 24 hours of excitment and joy, my anxiety seems to have kicked in again with a vengeance. I don't feel at all like I thought I would and instead am worrying obsessively about a range of things. I also feel a bit 'dark' and very negative and am just concerned that this is going to continue and spiral.

I just can't seem to feel excited (which I did all the time when we were TTC at the very though of being pregnant/a mum) and instead just feel a sense of impending doom!

I realise that it is only very early days but just wondered whether anyone has had/is having a similar experience.

sungirltan Fri 24-Jun-11 11:06:19

pregnancy was the most anxious time of my whole life! i remember being scared in a dark sort of way at the beginning - things like 'what have we done?' and 'i cant go back now'. the thing with pregnancy is that its a bit out of control and i think thats whats scary.

give yourself a break, i think most poeple are anxious around this time.

oh, oops and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

mummytobe123 Fri 24-Jun-11 11:43:08

Thank you sungirl smile I think you're right, a lot of it is loss of control and fear of the unknown...the 2 things I hate the most!

sungirltan Fri 24-Jun-11 12:11:29

you're more than welcome. also until you start to show it all feels a bit weird and abtract because theres nothing to see. as the weeks go on and you po out a bit it feels more real and i found then that i could do practical things to ease anxiety - make lists, shop, plan research etc.

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