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i'm pregnant and having panic attacks. what can i do?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Call a psychologist: Who specializes in panic attacks. They can teach you some techniques to relax and calm down to stop the panic attacks. You may also want to consult with a psychiatrist to see if there are any medications that are safe while pregnant. If not, work closely with your psychologist, learn relaxation techniques ; you will be fine.
Dr. Janice Alexander
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
See your Provider: You need to have your hemoglobin and thyroid checked. See your provider for more help and guidance!
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Thanks for the additional information.
Jan 6, 2014
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Panic Attacks: Panic attacks, which often cause shortness of breath and erratic heartbeat, can cause restriction of oxygen and blood flow to the placenta, which can affect the baby. It is important to work with your therapist to find drug-free methods to deal with your panic attacks (the drugs used to treat panic attacks are also not safe for pregnant women).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
One simple thing: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun but it is treatable.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Get some help.: Panic attacks can be absolutely terrifying. People report that they feel like they are going to die - and they often have symptoms like breathlessness, pounding heart, and a general sense of doom. But as awful as they feel, panic attacks are quite common - and treatable. Medication and therapy - or better yet, a combination of both, may help a great deal. You're not alone, but get help now.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
See Psychiatrist: You may benefit from a consultation with a psychiatrist to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Since you are so early on in your pregnancy, we would generally try to avoid medications if possible. Perhaps some behavioral therapy would be helpful. There are some antidepressants that most ob's consider safe in pregnancy that could also help with anxiety. Having an anxiety disorder can be harmful.

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A 25-year-old female asked:

I'm so scared about having a panic attack. I feel like i'm just waiting for the next one to hit! i'm pregnant can't take meds and therapy doesn't help? :(

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Dr. Aron Tendler
Psychiatry 19 years experience
CBT: Panic attacks are frightening, it is important to learn how to stop the cycle, which can be accomplished with a good cognitive behavioral therapist even without medications. You will learn relaxation techniques, practice them and eventually learn to abort an attack. Buy "the complete cbt guide for anxiety".

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