So, around my 30th birthday (three years ago) I started getting massive panic attacks. I went on an SSRI for a year and then went off when things improved. I was fine until deep winter when I started getting anxious again and went back on. I went off about three months before trying to get pregnant and have been off ever since. I take mucho fish oil each day and a vitamin D supplement. Things have gone surprisingly well during this winter pregnancy!
Until last night. I woke up in the middle of the night with a panic attack.
No fun! I did some deep breathing, checked out facebook on my iPhone, and tried to distract myself with peaceful thoughts. Eventually I drifted to sleep. But of course I'm scared this is going to become more and more frequent.
I'm fairly certain I can attribute this to the major change in my life I'll be facing in two months. I told one of my girlfriends (who doesn't have kids) that I'm nervous that I'm going to turn into all of my friends with kids. She said, "Yeah, that's the point, you're having a baby!" She's looking at all the wonderful things about having a baby and I'm thinking about all of the terrifying things - like I'll never read a book again, I'll loose all track of politics and current events, I'll be defined as a "mom" rather than just "me."
I went through the same kind of panicky feelings when I got married. So I know I'll get through it. But I just thought I'd vent/share.
And if anyone has natural methods for fending off panic attacks, I'd love to hear them!