I did develop a panic disorder about 18 months ago but it's more of a generalized anxiety disorder now. I keep my anxiety pretty low most of the time and dont have panic attacks anymore but it is still constant for the most part. My bp did go up after the first 6 weeks of constant panic attacks, when it first started 18 months ago and it's been elevated ever since, but typically when I get it taken by my midwives it's not concerning. I feel like eating anything at all might contribute to making me feel worst but I can't pin point it. Sometimes eating doesn't effect it. My midwives say its my anxiety and my psychologist says its a pregnancy thing. Working as a hair dresser is becoming unbearable let alone cooking dinner or washing dishes.
Does anyone have any suggestions or is it all in my head? I feel so terrible all the time! I've never NOT enjoyed being pregnant but I can't imagine suffering another 14 weeks.
The first two things that come to mind are anemia and low blood pressure. They could make you feel weak and tired and faint. Blood pressure improves when you lie on your left side. Since you are on your feet, perhaps it is a circulation issue. Blood not getting oxygen where you need it. Have you asked your midwife about compression socks? I don't know much about this, but it was a thought that came to mind.
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Unfortunately there's not much you can do about it. Make sure you stay well hydrated. Salt your food to taste. Get up slowly. But the only real cure is giving birth I'm afraid.
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This pregnancy, I have had both anemia and super low blood pressure...and felt exactly the way you described. Taking iron pills (and eating more foods with iron) seemed to help. With the blood pressure, I was told to try to drink more water, and that does seem to help most of the time (I don't know if it actually raises the BP any, but I feel a bit better).
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I had that too. No one was able to figure out what it was (or even took it all that seriously) until I started passing out at work where I stood for long hours at a time. It turned out that while my blood pressure was pretty normal while I was sitting down, and even after I equilibriated after standing up, it drifted down over the course of the next couple of hours and I'd hit the deck. Progesterone, which is at really high levels during pregnancy, causes your blood vessels to relax. As I stood for a long time, the blood would all wind up in my legs.
Anyway, it was very uncomfortable, but it completely resolved once my placenta was out.
I hope you start to feel better. Some things that helped me were sitting down as much as possible, wearing TED stockings (the thigh high ones), and keeping hydrated and fed.
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