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#1 bepositive

Posted 06 May 2012 - 09:40 PM

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since a month ago i have been experiencing constant panic attacks and obsessing over the same negative thoughts that i cant seem to get out of my head. I'm sooooo worried now that my baby is going to die or have health problems!!! i'm worried sick and its making me worse with panic.

Is anyone going through this now also??? i feel so alone. Who has been through it and has had normal babies???

thank you xxx

#2 andrea79

Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:03 PM

Hi OP, I've never suffered panic attacks but theyre pretty normal feelings to have. I remember being worried about DS and that something was going to go wrong and even after he was born I thought about it. At one point I was really worried that he was autistic and this was at 4 months!

Needless to say he's a completely normal almost 3 year old!

As a mother or mother to be its normal to feel anxious about your baby and hoping that they'll be healthy. But if you feel like the panic attacks are getting out of control or happening too frequently then you should talk to your GP or OB about it.

#3 ingrid74

Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:13 PM

Not panic attacks as such but certainly worry. Just had our little girl 3.5 weeks ago at 37 years old. Our nuchal fold test came back just fine but still couldn't help but worry. Then found out she had a 2 vessel cord and of course googled that which just let to more stress. Constantly wanting her to kick to know she was ok. Couldn't help but think the worst and what ifs. She is a perfectly healthy baby! I'm going thru a stage too where I seem to think the worst about everything. Had a heart palpitations in pregnancy and had to wear a holter monitor for 24 hours. Several of them showed up on the monitor but I was told they were completely benign ectopic heart beats and nothing to worry about. Doesnt really help when your heart skips a beat. I'm still getting them now but not as frequent and not as long which is apparently also common and they should disappear or continue to lessen. Still not that reassuring!
Hope you can reassure yourself somehow that things will be fine! Its not a nice feeling to go thru.

#4 BlueUnicorn

Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:21 PM

I think fears of that sort are fairly common in pregnancy.  I certainly had them.  
What helped me was to continually remind myself I could only do so much ( ie eating well, not drinking etc, all the obvious things) and everything else was out of my control.  Stressing is not going to change the outcome of any situation.  

I used to cut my negative thoughts off by repeating 'what will be, will be' over and over until I could stop stressing/ thinking negatively.  In other words don't allow yourself to think those thoughts, distracting yourself from them straight away will also stop the panic.  

I would also recommend learning a few positive affirmations to focus on when you feel yourself getting into the negative head space. ( check out the book -You can heal your life, by Louise Hay) .  Agree with pp of you can't stop the thoughts on your own without getting full panic attacks to let your OB / Dr know.

#5 bepositive

Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:35 PM

for the last week i've been getting panic attacks all through the day and night sad.gif will this hurt my baby?


#6 BlueUnicorn

Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:47 PM

JUst my opinion - I don't think panic attacks will hurt your baby but long term stresses can effect things like hormones in your body.  I don't know enough to discuss it but it would be worth chatting to your Dr and letting him know how stressed you are and ask him/ her directly if it can hurt the baby, if nothing else but for your own peace of mind.  
My kids have no known side effects from my own anxieties during pregnancy.

#7 kadoodle

Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:58 PM

My panic attacks were a symptom of my ante-natal depression.  Speak to your midwife/GP about some support, practical advice or therapy.  You don't want to spend your pg frightened and miserable.

#8 hiccamups

Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:31 PM

I had this during my first pregnancy and I was so dazed and worried about her being born alive that I barely remember the event, other than "Is she ok"?

The overwhelming sense of relief blew me away.

I spent the first year of her life suffering similar stress though.  I would get up and adjust her layers of blankets, five times in a row, always second guessing myself.  I couldn't sleep.  A midwife said I was exhibiting OCD symptoms.

I can only recommend you keep reminding yourself that every day, many, many babies are born, perfectly healthy, to healthy Mums.  Most babies are fine.  Your baby is one of those.

#9 Mrs Miller

Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:43 PM

Yes I suffered. I was on valium when I fell pg and when I found out I stopped taking them (Between me & my dr, I was being monitored) but for a while my anic attacks were so much worse than ever, (because Id been lazy by taking valium when I should have been practicing relaxation techniques, I know). I took over the counter UNISOM sleep gels. After the first one I felt such relief, Id been having a panic attack that was going on for days, exhausting me and I just needed something to break it, and the unisom worked thank god. They are safe in pregnancy, probably not so much recommended if you don't take meds but just in case this could help someone, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. However, feeling worried I found, was the theme of my pregnancy. The onl time I wasnt worried was the afternoon of my scans (after the scan) when I felt everything was ok because I had just seen it for myself. I don't know may people with chilren but my cousin, who is pregnant, calls me regularly with worries, and they are the same worries I suffered with myself. Even when we know we are being irrational, it doesnt stop us being irrational...

#10 Kemma

Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:54 AM

Hi there. I'm a long term panic and anxiety sufferer.
I take medication now and that has helped heaps. But there is cognitive behavioral therapy.
Have you ever tried CBT?
It really helps to break the cycle of negative thoughts by helping you recognize the faulty thinking.
I was sceptical, as honestly, I thought I was aware that thinking was faulty. But it turns out I'm not as clever as I thought I was Tounge1.gif

I still have the thinking to some degree. But I can nip it in the bud before I get completely carried away.
I'm 36.2 weeks pg now and I'm having all the same thoughts as you.
Lots of those thoughts are completely normal things to cross your mind. It's what you do with the thoughts that is the key.

If you have a GP with an interest in panic and anxiety disorders then you may be able to do the CBT thru them as I did. But they would be able to guide you to the best person.

Don't wait to do something. You'll feel better as soon as you've spoken to the doc and then you'll be able to enjoy your baby sooooo much more.

Good luck mate. It will be ok. But don't do it on your own.




#11 Leafprincess

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:05 AM



I don't currently suffer from panic attacks, but used to.

Just like PP I think that CBT is fantastic. The most brilliant thing about CBT is that you are the one who is in control. And being out of control is what leads to most panic attacks.

I recommend buying a book called "change your thinking" by Dr Sarah Elderman

She is a Sydney based psychologist and has written this book as a user friendly, workbook to developing your own CBT skills. The books is available at most books tires and through the ABC shops.

I wish you well in your journey.

#12 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:42 PM

I dont suffer from panic attacks, more like anxiety.  Funnily with DS1 I had a really carefree pregnancy though during scan times I would worry if something is not right here or there...and he is going 7 and I still wonder if anything is wrong with him here or there. I think it is normal for parents to be like this, probably we just want to make sure we are doing everything right.

With my current pregnancy, it took us 4 rounds IVF and one natural miscarriage to get here so naturally I am very anxious. I broke down a few times since getting pregnant and was depressed most of my first trimester, fearing for the worst to come! Then came 2nd trimester our NT result frightened the hell out of us and I was on another rollercoaster. I had the amnio and thankfully bub is ok no trisomy issues. THroughout this pregnancy I suffered a lot of heart palpitations and had to see a cardiologist to assess my heart condition. Many times I wanted to reach for beta blocker or valium for help but my mind and heart told me not to. The anxiety seriously affected my sleep as well and I am so tired. I also entertained negative thoughts all the time. I hate myself. I am so scared that my baby will be affected by me.

I did read another thread women sharing their babies are perfectly fine even though they have had stressful pregnancies and that assured me.

OP, you are very normal...it just goes to show your baby is very precious to you and you will be a very good mum. I hope you are feeling better soon. original.gif

#13 livvie7586

Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:50 PM

QUOTE (kadoodle @ 06/05/2012, 10:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My panic attacks were a symptom of my ante-natal depression.  Speak to your midwife/GP about some support, practical advice or therapy.  You don't want to spend your pg frightened and miserable.


Mine too, which then lead to PND.

Please don't let anyone tell you it's normal.  go see your GP and if it ends up being nothing, then that's great.  but if it is AND it isn't going anywhere, and the quicker it's diagnosed the better.

(sorry, but i constantly had people tell me it was normal to be afraid of the unknown.  looking back waking up bawling my eyes out in the middle of the night and constantly wishing i wasn't pregnant wasn't normal.  i wish someone had told me to get help then, because i ended up missing out on the first 12 months of DS's life, and i'll never get them back, plus having thoughts towards my child that no mother should ever think.)

#14 DreamFeralisations

Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:56 PM

QUOTE (Kemma @ 07/05/2012, 09:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there. I'm a long term panic and anxiety sufferer.
I take medication now and that has helped heaps. But there is cognitive behavioral therapy.
Have you ever tried CBT?
It really helps to break the cycle of negative thoughts by helping you recognize the faulty thinking.
I was sceptical, as honestly, I thought I was aware that thinking was faulty. But it turns out I'm not as clever as I thought I was Tounge1.gif

I still have the thinking to some degree. But I can nip it in the bud before I get completely carried away.
I'm 36.2 weeks pg now and I'm having all the same thoughts as you.
Lots of those thoughts are completely normal things to cross your mind. It's what you do with the thoughts that is the key.

If you have a GP with an interest in panic and anxiety disorders then you may be able to do the CBT thru them as I did. But they would be able to guide you to the best person.

Don't wait to do something. You'll feel better as soon as you've spoken to the doc and then you'll be able to enjoy your baby sooooo much more.

Good luck mate. It will be ok. But don't do it on your own.


I agree with this and the above poster - talk about this with your health care practitioner and work out what a good strategy is.

I am obviously not pregnant any more - but I have suffered depression on and off for many years, and the disaster scenarios and panic attacks are a big part of my make up.  I am a huge flag-waver for CBT as I truly think it helped me greatly going through my worst period and all subsequent times.




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