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Pre-conception Anxiety(2 Posts)
So, I suffered with anxiety for a long time. I have come off all my meds as we have decided to try for a baby, and I'vebeen doing great without them. However, I am currently fighting an impending crippling fear at the thought of actually becoming a parent. I've always known deep down that I want to be a mum, that I will have serious regret if it doesn't happen. But it terrifies me at the same time. I will be responsible for another human life, and at the same time my life will never be the same again. I'm not even pregnant yet, so who knows how these feelings will increase when the time comes...anyway, I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts...did you have the same problems whilst TTC? What did you do to try and combat this? Thanks
I feel exactly the same. I came off my meds over a year ago knowing we'd be ttc shortly after our wedding (two weeks from now) and I wanted to get the meds fully out of me and find healthy coping techniques without them before becoming a parent.
I will say it took waaaay longer for my emotions to settle that I thought they would, I'd say about 6 months to a year before I felt fully 'normal' again. That's just my experience though and you might be very different of course.
Now that we are faced with trying in a few weeks time the anxiety about it all is right up there. I think you have to just remind yourself that people all over the world become parents every day and don't have a clue what they're doing, they learn on the job. My friend recently had a baby and she can testify to that
What I've been doing is research, research, research. Reading books about pregnancy and parenting so I'm aware of some of the things that could potentially happen or ideas of ways I may want to parent if I am lucky enough to have said child.
Best of luck on your ttc journey, you're going to do great no matter what happens.
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