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It is driving me insane. I had been taking anti-anxiety medication for a few years before I got pregnant. I am not taking it now because there is a high risk of cleft palette in my baby if I take it. I am still taking my bi-polar medication though.

Most days I can deal with the anxiety through breathing and mental calming techniques (although I do miss how my medication made it easier). However, the days when my pregnancy hormones are thrown into that mix are the worst!

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You are not alone, though mine is NOTHING compared to you, but I have it on and off too and I hate it. I just vented about it in our August chat thread.

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I've also had anxiety issues. Back in college & had a bad medication situation b/c of a very stupid dr. I still have anxiety but deal & it's not as bad. I also had postpartum, but experience w/ medicine was better. It's hard b/c when ur pregnant ur anxious about the pregnancy & afterward, AND hormones. You aren't alone. I hope it gets better...

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I've also had anxiety issues. Back in college & had a bad medication situation b/c of a very stupid dr. I still have anxiety but deal & it's not as bad. I also had postpartum, but experience w/ medicine was better. It's hard b/c when ur pregnant ur anxious about the pregnancy & afterward, AND hormones. You aren't alone. I hope it gets better...
I have had postpartum depression as well. So far aside from the anxiety this is by far my most level pregnancy mood wise. I was a wreck with my last. This was also before I was diagnosed.

Thankfully since then I recognized I had postpartum depression and then went to see an excellent doctor who diagnosed me with mild bi-polar disorder and medicated me appropriately.

Overall my life has been MUCH better. My husband agrees.

I think for the most part unless I voice it no one would know I have the anxiety problems I do have. Which I guess maybe is a good thing but the internal fight that goes on inside is so annoying.

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I have had good luck with the mag supplement ultra- calm. I have never had anything prescribed or diagnosed- but when I'm pregnant I get panic attacks. And this stuff has never let me down...

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Have you asked your doctor/midwife if they'll approve half a glass of wine or something when it gets bad? I know that just sitting and slowly sipping wine (or even juice and sprite mixed with ice) has some weird calming effect on my anxiety...

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I have had good luck with the mag supplement ultra- calm. I have never had anything prescribed or diagnosed- but when I'm pregnant I get panic attacks. And this stuff has never let me down...
I completely forgot about this! Thank you! I am going to check on it.

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Have you asked your doctor/midwife if they'll approve half a glass of wine or something when it gets bad? I know that just sitting and slowly sipping wine (or even juice and sprite mixed with ice) has some weird calming effect on my anxiety...
This is a good idea. I am definitely not against the occasional glass of wine or beer while pregnant.

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Have you spoken to your doctor about going back on your anxiety medication on a very occasional basis?

I also take anxiety meds, and I come off them while pregnant (like you, I've stayed on the rest of my meds this time around). However, the risk of cleft palette is during the first trimester. I believe that by this point the palette has formed and therefore you can take your meds without risking cleft palette. There are other risks from taking anxiety meds - mostly low muscle tone for the baby if you take them very often. However, during my last pregnancy my psychiatrist was fine with my taking meds for panic attacks starting at around 16 weeks or so (IIRC). She also suggested a half glass of wine, as a PP suggested.

I think I may have taken anxiety meds three or four times during my last pregnancy. I was *very* conservative about my use - probably more so than I needed to be. There were no side effects for the baby. Even though I white-knuckled it through most of my anxiety, I believed it still helped me to know that medication was an option if things started getting really out of control.

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This is a good idea. I am definitely not against the occasional glass of wine or beer while pregnant.
Def make sure that it's okay with your other medication....but yeah, half a glass of wine (or even a "full" glass) is probably fine if it helps you calm down.

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Have you spoken to your doctor about going back on your anxiety medication on a very occasional basis?
We did talk in length about what was okay to take and what was not. He also did send me to see a maternal fetal specialist who knew more about pregnancy and the drugs I am taking. They both recommended me not taking my anti-anxiety medication at all while pregnant.

Unfortunately when I do take it it isn't intermittent. I did however take half a pill while at Disneyland because I was having a really really rough day. I was 13 weeks at that point and figured a half a pill once would not hurt anything.

I am worried though if I do take it occassionally it would be one more here one more there. Then I wouldn't be taking it occassionally. Prior to getting pregnant the drug that I took was on a very consistent basis (twice a day). I did wean off of it before getting pregnant so it wasn't a cold turkey thing. I think just the mix of hormones with the existing anxiety issue is what is making it hard.

I am going to talk to my OB about the wine. The good thing with the wine is it would not take much for me to start to feel the effects then I would feel guilty for feeling buzzed and know when to stop. With my medication that would not be the case. Does that make sense to anyone else but me?

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Before trying to get pregnant I was taking Prozac and Klonopin daily. I gave both up three years ago when we started TTC and have been doing acupuncture weekly in addition to some nutritional changes and exercise to deal with it. Have you tried acupuncture? Yoga and meditation would be good too.
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Before trying to get pregnant I was taking Prozac and Klonopin daily. I gave both up three years ago when we started TTC and have been doing acupuncture weekly in addition to some nutritional changes and exercise to deal with it. Have you tried acupuncture? Yoga and meditation would be good too.
I am going to look into a Yoga studio by my house. The Wii also has Yoga on it. What I need to do is get up earlier and do that before the kids get up. It is a perfect way to start the day.

My exercise has gone down since getting pregnant due to horrible morning noon and night sickness the first trimester then into migraines the second. The past few weeks I have finally started to feel normal. So I have been walking and been more active around the house. Before getting pregnant I lost 40 pounds so I have changed my nutritional intake severely from what it had been before.

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