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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. Payam Mehranpour
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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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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?

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?

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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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