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5 mos. pregnant, twins. Haven't slept more than few hrs/night in weeks, partly anxiety, adrenaline rushes at night. Don't want to hurt babies. Help!

5 mos. pregnant, twins. Haven't slept more than few hrs/night  in weeks,  partly anxiety, adrenaline rushes at night. Don't want to hurt babies. Help!

Many possibilities: In your situation, my first thought is to engage in psychotherapy to deal with the anxiety. There are some safe medication that could augment the therapy and some safe natural remedies. Ask your OB/GYN for a referral to someone s/he trusts. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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I don't know what to do I am a 21 year old female that is pregnant with my second child. Im 29 weeks and I do have anxiety problems. Right now i can't sleep, im havig trouble sleeping, my heart feels so werid, like if its leaking? And my body wont stop sh

I don't know what to do I am a 21 year old female that is pregnant with my second child. Im 29 weeks and I do have anxiety problems. Right now i can't sleep, im havig trouble sleeping, my heart feels so werid, like if its leaking? And my body wont stop sh

I : I am so sorry that you are feeling so poorly. I am going to recommend that you be seen immediately because the best thing is to have a complete workup. Call your physician immediately and explain your symptoms. You should have a medical evaluation first including an ekg, and blood tests. Find out if you have ever had your thyroid functions tested as those are important and can make you feel like you have anxiety. If your doctor can't see you then go to the er and explain your symptoms so that you can be completely evaluated. This is especially important at the stage you are with your pregnancy. Please see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I have an anxiety disorder and pregnant 8 months..i am startled and get scared easily and when i am by baby moves almost instantly..why is that?

Two are one: The two of you are one entity at this moment and share "everything" physically, and emotionally. Your pregnancy is almost over, and it would be a great idea to continue to get help for your anxiety disorder with a professional therapist so as not to transmit these concerns to your new developing child. ...Read more

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Is it bad for the baby to take lorazepam 1mg for anxiety while pregnant?

Is it bad for the baby to take lorazepam 1mg for anxiety while pregnant?

Talk to OB: A lot of people take low doses of this type of drug for this reason and it shouldn't be a problem if taken occasionally, but as much as possible, it should be avoided. It is always best to ask your OB these questions though. ...Read more

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I was told that being pregnant with anxiety disorder may increase the risk og having baby with mental health problems. mental problems such as what?

I was told that being pregnant with anxiety disorder may increase the risk og having baby with mental health problems. mental problems such as what?

Find another doctor: That is absolute bunk. There is no science to suggest your anxiety causes an issue with your child. You are in a wonderful state and the last thing you need is semi-informed opinions making your more stressed. ...Read more

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Does being pregnant and have an anxiety disorder increase the risk of having a baby with autism or any other mental health problem?

No and Yes: Having anxiety disorder is not a risk factor for your baby developing autism. Anxiety is a common problem in populations. Having anxiety does increase the chances that the child may have a mental health problem. Anxiety runs in families. Definitely keep on top of your counseling, therapy and treatments during pregnancy and as a young parent. Untreated anxiety has bad effects on kids! ...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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I'm pregnant and have been prescribed fluoxetine 20mg for anxiety. Will this harm my baby?

I'm pregnant and have been prescribed fluoxetine 20mg for anxiety. Will this harm my baby?

Generally, try to: avoid this, unless the benefits outweigh the risk. Consult your MD. In the meantime, here's a link from the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20046420 ...Read more

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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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If one is pregnant, what affect does anxiety and panic attacks have on the unborn baby?

If one is pregnant, what affect does anxiety and panic attacks have on the unborn baby?

It's uncertain.: It is however best if you're on medication as the ssri's which will not affect your fetus. It is believed that the mother;s anxiety is passed on to the baby. This is not evidence proven but there have been many report about it and i know you wnt to have a wonderful child free of anxiety. All the best. I can remember when i was pregnant with my twins and i ate better than i ever did in my life and. ...Read more

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Does having anxiety disorder while pregnant increase the risk of having baby with infantile spasms?

No increased risk: There is no relationship between infantile spasms and maternal anxiety during pregnancy. There can be affects on a developing fetus with certain medications taken by mother during the pregnancy, some of which are used for psychiatric disorders. Make sure your treating physician is aware that you are expecting a baby. Best wishes ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pregnant with anxiety disorder?Will it affect the baby everytime illhave panic attack and obssesive thoughts?

Is it possible to get pregnant with anxiety disorder?Will it affect the baby everytime illhave panic attack and obssesive thoughts?

Safe: Anxiety diosrders are among the most common emotional problems people deal with, so if these disorders were incompatible with safe pregnancy we might see a population decline. That said, excessive anxiety may interfere with preparation for parenthood and should be treated with psychotherapy. Some medications can also be safely used while pregnant, but best to avoid that route if possible. ...Read more

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I'm about 6 weeks pregnant everything's normal but I have high stress levels and anxiety will it effect my baby? If so what should I do?

I'm about 6 weeks pregnant everything's normal but I have high stress levels and anxiety will it effect my baby? If so what should I do?

Consider meditation: You could consider taking a meditation or mindfulness based stress reduction course. Learning these skills will help you deal with anxiety in a non-pharmacologic way. You can also continue these practices far beyond your pregnancy, and it will help your whole life. Find a course: w3.Umassmed.Edu/mbsr/public/searchmember.Aspx or an online option: www.Mindfullivingprograms.Com. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed 25mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety two months ago. I recently found out I was pregnant and am worried about the baby ? Is it safe?

I have been prescribed 25mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety two months ago. I recently found out I was pregnant and am worried about the baby ? Is it safe?

Probably: Please discuss whether to continue Zoloft (sertraline) with your OB. I've found most of my patients who are taking Zoloft (sertraline) when finding they are pregnant are ok to continue by their OB. But every situation is different and must be assessed by your OB. Congratulations on your pregnancy and best wishes. ...Read more

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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