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What are the effects to the baby from maternal stress, depression, and anxiety during pregnancy?

What are the effects to the baby from maternal stress, depression, and anxiety during pregnancy?

Stress &fetal effect: Stress releases chemicals and affects your hormones as well and they can affect your fetus. Grandmothers alwasy say if one wants a happy baby the mom needs to stay happy! ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can you please tell me effects to the baby of so much stress, depression and anxiety during pregnancy?

Can cause problems.: When the mother is calmand happy during pregnancy the baby is also likely to be more calm and happy. When the mother becomes anxious her biochemistry changes and the baby also experiences those changes since it shares blood circulation with the mother. After delivery it is even more important for the mother to be calm and happy in order to deliver good care to the infant. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have persistent anxiety during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have persistent anxiety during pregnancy?

Anxiety in pregnancy: Lots of pregnant women have some anxiety, but about 10% have a true anxiety disorder. Exercise like prenatal swimming or yoga may help, and also lets you talk with other women. Your OB can help you decide if this is normal, and can refer you either for psychotherapy, or for medication , or both. Panic attacks, depression, inability to function are all signs that anxiety may need treatment. ...Read more

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Is havin anxiety normal during pregnancy i've never had anxiety or butterflies before this and it not that i'm nervose about anything it just comes on sometimes?

Is havin anxiety normal during pregnancy i've never had anxiety or butterflies before this and it not that i'm nervose about anything it just comes on sometimes?

Anxiety in Pregnancy: Um, if you're human and "not nervous about anything, " it would not be normal. The issue is in how nervous, anxious, etc you are, and how you move through it -- or not. The fact that you're asking on this forum shows your concern -- so i'd suggest speaking with your doctor about this. Anxiety disorders can either show up, or exacerbate, in pregnancy -- best to deal with things early. ...Read more

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Which anti-anxiety medications are safe for use during pregnancy?

Which anti-anxiety medications are safe for use during pregnancy?

None: There are really no anti-anxiety medications which have been proven to be safe in pregnancy. It is best to avoid any and all medications while pregnant. I am sure your obstetrician would agree. ...Read more

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I have anxiety disorder and pregnant and entire pregnancy i have been stressed anxious and nervous..can this affect my baby in any way?

I have anxiety disorder and pregnant and entire pregnancy i have been stressed anxious and nervous..can this affect my baby in any way?

Perinatal anxiety: I don't know of any research that supports that anxiety impacts the baby in the womb. There is no doubt it impacts mom and your focus needs to be redirected towards yourself. Perinatal anxiety and depression is common. Consider seeking professional help and support from loved ones. Postpartum international is good online resource. Prenatal yoga is another helpful tool. ...Read more

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I've been having high anxiety in my entire pregnancy everyday so far. I'm 18 weeks. I'm so worried that this will affect my baby in anyway? I eat well

I've been having high anxiety in my entire pregnancy everyday so far. I'm 18 weeks. I'm so worried that this will affect my baby in anyway? I eat well

It may. Significant : chronic prenatal anxiety exposes a fetus to excess glucocorticoids, which may cause enduring neuroendocrine changes.The effects on stress-related behavior, emotions, and cognitive abilities in offspring from infancy through adulthood are well-documented, as are the increased risks of premature labor, low birthweight & low Apgar scores. Ask your OB to refer you to a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which biploar and anti-anxiety medications are safe during pregnancy?

Expert opinions? Which biploar and anti-anxiety medications are safe during pregnancy?

Coordinate Drs.: If indeed you are having such symptoms, at least a visit to urgent care is recommended and if you feel you are at risk of harm to self or others a call to emergency services needs to happen. In general, there are psychotropics that are relatively safe staring in the second trimester forward. If time allows, discuss with ob/gyn or primary care physician first if need to see psychiatrist. Take care ...Read more

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Is it safe to take welbutrin during pregnancy if you have never ever been on anti depressants? It was given to me for anxiety, but i don't know much a

Safe: yes: However, wellbutrin (bupropion) is not effective in anxiety unless you have anxiety that is brought on by a major depressive episode. It has no use otherwise in the treatment of anxiety disorders. I would get a psychiatric consultation and review the options with a psychiatrist. Best wishes to you and i hope you have a happy and healthy baby. ...Read more

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Is there depression and anxiety medicine that's safe during first trimester of pregnancy?

It depends: Medications such as Celexa and zoloft (ssris ) are a category c for pregnancy- assumed safe. But it is safer to avoid medications inpregnancy if able. On the other hand, untreated depression and anxiety can harm fetus and baby-so ask your ob-gyn about his opinion. Avoid Paxil (paroxetine) because it is not safe. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more