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Did anyone have anxiety while pregnant and the baby be absolutely fine?

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Damash12 Thu 27-Dec-12 15:36:02

Hi i'm not sure if this is the best place to post but I have been suffering from anxiety on/off throughout this pregnancy. Sometimes just teary sometimes really distraught. It could just be hormones I guess but I am now 35 weeks and as I gets closer I am really worried I could have harmed the baby in some way by worrying so much. Did anyone else suffer from a lot of crying, anxiety and everything turn out just fine?? Many thanks x

HRMumness Fri 04-Jan-13 06:22:11

I too was very stressed and anxious during my pregnancy but my 5 month old is asleep on me right now and she is wonderful.

I had a very stressful job plus we were renovating the bedrooms in our house (the rest is still unrenovated but liveable and we are starting more work now things have settled). We spent half of my pregnancy living in the front room downstairs, with our stuff and dust everywhere plus I was doing lots of DIY on top of my job. I remember my DH finding me bawling and he asked what was wrong, I responded with "I don't know" and bawled some more. My mum almost died when she had my elder brother as she had complications from pre-eclampsia, he was born 7 weeks early (this was in the 70s mind so preemie care isn't what it is now).

Best thing I did for myself: go on maternity quite early. I had 4 weeks holiday and 4 weeks maternity before baby arrived (we had both my MIL and Mum stay during some of that time). As soon as I finished work I found my SPD and stress levels much more manageable.

tabetharose Sun 03-Nov-13 20:33:15

Hi. I am 6 weeks pregnant. I suffer with anxiety and is controlled with sertraline 150g. Since i found out i was pregnant i have been so bad with the anxiety. My bed is my safe place. I am self employed and have had to move my appointments as afraid to go in. Is this normal. Help......

ExBrightonBell Sun 03-Nov-13 21:07:59

Hi Tabetharose,

This thread is quite old, so I'm not sure that the original posters will still be checking it. All their advice is still valid though - it sounds like you need to be referred to a specialist midwife or similar. Perhaps your GP is the best person to begin with as they will know about your current prescription. If you are really struggling to leave the house then maybe ask if they can make a house call?

tabetharose Mon 04-Nov-13 10:45:54

Ok. Thank you

Ratata Mon 04-Nov-13 13:12:36

Yes I worried constantly due to previous pregnancy losses. I tried to keep my mind occupied as much as possible and kept repeating that this would be my 'take home' baby and tried to be positive. It helped a bit. It's hard not to worry I know. DS is only 14 weeks old but he's so chilled out and doesn't appear to be in any way affected from what I can tell. Good luck with your pregnancy and baby smile

Ratata Mon 04-Nov-13 13:13:14

Sorry just realised this is an old thread...

Piperlight Sun 21-Aug-16 15:18:40

28 weeks and suffer horrible anxiety and I'm worried all the time!!! I feel like my baby is going to come out harmed because of my stress. Cortisol releases and apparently causes issues! Anyone have this and their baby be ok?

Dustpan Sun 21-Aug-16 15:37:25

Hi piperlght yes I had anxiety and it didn't harm the baby.

I developed a habit of rubbing my bump slowly and talking to the baby :"Mummy is feeling anxious right now, but don't worry darling it's not your fault / you don't have to worry about it / I'm aware of it and looking after us both". I always figured if the baby could sense a rush of anxiety that I could intentionally send a reassuring calming message too.

Have you found some techniques that work for you?

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