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#1 of 6 Old 09-15-2006, 12:21 PM - Thread Starter
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I am am seeing a therapist right now to help me with my anxiety and childhood abuse. She seems to be suggesting that I start taking medications for my anxiety now. I have been very anxious throughout the pg and know this isn't good for the baby. However I still worry about possible effects meds would have on her. I have tried many different medications for anxiety without much luck. The only ones that have worked for me are things like Xanax which I don't think is approved for pg or bf. I have been using Benadryl when I get really bad because it helps me calm down and sleep and I feel bad even doing that. She has also suggested that if I don't start medication now I start as soon as she is born to prevent ppd. I know that other women have done this and bf but it makes me a little nervous. I'm starting to feel really guilty that I am so anxious and possibly hurting Lily before she is even born. Anyone out there in the same boat?
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I have an anxiety and panic disorder, too. I take Rescue Remedy the moment I feel an attack coming on and then I take it in high quantities ( I have gone through a bottle in one day when I have had an attack) until I start to feel like I'm "coming down" from the attack, then I take it every hour for the rest of the day. It doesn't stop them all the time but it does make them way less severe and takes away some of the most uncomfortable sensations (I vomit for example when I am at a peak). Its safe for pregnancy and BF.
I'm sorry your going through this right now. It can really suck. I would really take a look at the positive effects of BF on mood and mental function before taking something that would make that relationship impossible.

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i know I dont post much here.. but I figured I could chime in on this one.
I am bipolar, and thankfully when im pg my mood disorder is very much calmed down (they think its because of the hormones). Though, I guess I am lucky.

Anyhow there are meds out there that are safer than others to take for depression and anxiety. Just make sure they are well aware that you are BF. As for taking them when PG, i dont know what to tell you. Other than keep talking to your t-doc and see what "coping" skills they have to give you (as far as ways to naturally try to relax and calm yourself down).

For me, when I was dx as bipolar was when my DD#3 was about 18 months old and I was told every med they needed to try on me was a big no no in BF (they are some pretty heavy duty meds) so at that point we cut our Extended BF plans down because it was more important that my son had me, and had me there (emotionally and physically) than that he was bfed (IMHO). It was a tough call for me, but i think i did the right thing for us.

Having said that, i know this time around I might have to play it out differently. Anxiety and antidepressants alone dont work well with me.. they tend to cause other bigger issues.. so I am not looking forward to all of that.
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I am usually fine but when I was in the hospital I had major crying epesodes and they chalked it up to anxiety and put me on adavant 3X a day... I refused to the 2 doses during the day and just took one at night and it really helped me.

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popping in from the Feb ddc...
i've had severe anxiety issues for years and was on xanax. it is NOT approved to take during pregnancy or bfing because it can cause serious harm to the babe. i still take zoloft though, which has the lowest transfer rate in breastmilk of all antidepressents/antianxiety drugs. if you go to it will tell you the "pregnancy category" of different meds. meaning, how safe it is to take. hth

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Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I am still unsure what I am going to do at this point. Part of the problem for me is that I have been living with anxiety and depression for so long that even when it is bad and the effects it has on me are apparent to those around me I don't feel that it is really that bad. However when I am medicated and feeling better and think about how I feel unmedicated I realize what a toll the anxiety has on me and my relationships. That said it is hard for me to weight the possible side effects of the medication and the negative impact of the anxiety on the baby. Also I have tried most every SSRI available and none have helped my anxiety. I supposed I may have a different reaction to them post partum so they may be worth trying again.
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