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I'm 20 weeks pregnant and for the last few weeks, I feel like I struggle to breathe and it feels like anxiety. There is lots going on in my life but I don't feel that upset or anything. All day long, I have to try and take deep breaths because I feel anxious. I'm so so so sick of it. Does anyone else get this? How do you manage it? I've been trying the rescue remedy but it doesn't seem to be doing much of anything.
 

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I don't have any advice, but in the beginning of my pg I was stressing too. My chest would get tight and I felt an irritating heaviness in my body...but I haven't had to deal with that for awhile now. I'm sure it will pass for you, too!<br><br>
I'm sorry you're feeling this way. Maybe meditation and slow, deep breathing might help?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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This can totally be due to stress/anxiety....I have this from time to time (pregnant or not). I researched it and the best thing I can suggest is to tell yourself "this is stress, my lungs and body are fine" and then try NOT to focus on your breathing (which for me is so hard since all I want to do is take that deep, fufilling breath and feel relieved). The issue is that the harder to try to get the deep breath, the more anxious you become and the whole cycle just continues. I try to do something to keep me busy and usually notice after 15 minutes or so that I'm fine.<br><br>
It does stink. Stress can creep up on you in so many ways!<br><br>
I have also found that working out helps me (as long as I'm well rested as well).<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Yeah, I've always had anxiety but it hasn't been this bad in years. I just don't know how to handle it. I don't really focus on my breathing... it's overwhelming, so it's hard not to notice. And I feel like crap still and have ZERO energy, so it's hard to do much. I'll just be glad when I have the babe in my arms and I can enjoy it cause right now, I don't.
 

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Have you had your thyroid and iron levels checked recently?
 

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Yes, I have hypothryoid, so they're checked regularly and no- I don't think I've had my iron levels checked, but that's a good idea. I'll ask my OB at my next appt. Thank u!
 

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Do you think you might be feeling anxious because you feel like you can't breathe?<br><br>
The thing is that 20 weeks is about when the fetus starts really drawing on the maternal oxygen supply hardcore -- and the baby's red blood cells are more attractive to oxygen molecules than your own are, so they can take the lion's share of the oxygen even if you're just sitting around and make you feel like you're not getting enough. Which is a SCARY feeling and totally leads to anxiety, because usually if you're sitting around minding your own business and feel like you can't get enough air it means that something is very, very wrong.<br><br>
Anyway, checking your iron will help. As will taking deep, slow breaths and letting your body get flooded with lots of oxygen to relieve the feeling of suffocation.<br><br>
Good luck! As an asthma sufferer, this is by far my least favorite part of being pregnant.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you think you might be feeling anxious because you feel like you can't breathe?<br><br>
The thing is that 20 weeks is about when the fetus starts really drawing on the maternal oxygen supply hardcore -- and the baby's red blood cells are more attractive to oxygen molecules than your own are, so they can take the lion's share of the oxygen even if you're just sitting around and make you feel like you're not getting enough. Which is a SCARY feeling and totally leads to anxiety, because usually if you're sitting around minding your own business and feel like you can't get enough air it means that something is very, very wrong.<br><br>
Anyway, checking your iron will help. As will taking deep, slow breaths and letting your body get flooded with lots of oxygen to relieve the feeling of suffocation.<br><br>
Good luck! As an asthma sufferer, this is by far my least favorite part of being pregnant.</div>
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Well, I had no idea about that- so it certainly can be the case. Thanks for the heads up. I think the deep breathing is a great idea and I probably should do more of it. I can't imagine having asthma during pregnancy! That would be rough. THank u <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've had the delight of dealing with axiety attacks for the past 5 years. And only a few things actually help me.<br>
1. Acknowledge that this is indeed anxiety. Something that you are allowing yourself to feel - and something that you can calm yourself from. You have the axiety - the anxiety doesn't have you.<br>
2. Use a mantra - once that works for me is "Breathe in purple - breathe out black" If I notice myself start getting carried away - I soothe myself with colours in this fashion.<br>
3. Examine what it is that is making you so anxious. Really pick it apart - become aware of why you are anxious - allow yourself to be less than perfect - and determine how you'd better like to handle the situation at hand - because worrying won't solve a darn thing.<br>
4. Practice yoga. It helps you to be conscious not only of your body but of your breathe...As you are trying to relax into a state of mind to practice some yoga - breathe a low "haaaaaaaa" out and feel the anxieties dissapate. Use this method later to re-create this feeling of letting go.<br><br>
I know all of these are easier said than done....but, once you start with this it becomes quite empowering.<br>
You are allowed to feel anxious - and to cry - and to release the pressures - especially at this time in your life with the hormones all in flux....You are not alone - so voice your worries and frustrations whenever needed.<br><br>
Last, I hear that St. John's Wort and Motherwort are two treatments for anxiety and depression....perhaps they can assist you - but, truly believe in yourself - and you will find the brightest of lights awaits you at the end of this trial.<br><br>
Namaste
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've had the delight of dealing with axiety attacks for the past 5 years. And only a few things actually help me.<br>
1. Acknowledge that this is indeed anxiety. Something that you are allowing yourself to feel - and something that you can calm yourself from. You have the axiety - the anxiety doesn't have you.<br>
2. Use a mantra - once that works for me is "Breathe in purple - breathe out black" If I notice myself start getting carried away - I soothe myself with colours in this fashion.<br>
3. Examine what it is that is making you so anxious. Really pick it apart - become aware of why you are anxious - allow yourself to be less than perfect - and determine how you'd better like to handle the situation at hand - because worrying won't solve a darn thing.<br>
4. Practice yoga. It helps you to be conscious not only of your body but of your breathe...As you are trying to relax into a state of mind to practice some yoga - breathe a low "haaaaaaaa" out and feel the anxieties dissapate. Use this method later to re-create this feeling of letting go.<br><br>
I know all of these are easier said than done....but, once you start with this it becomes quite empowering.<br>
You are allowed to feel anxious - and to cry - and to release the pressures - especially at this time in your life with the hormones all in flux....You are not alone - so voice your worries and frustrations whenever needed.<br><br>
Last, I hear that St. John's Wort and Motherwort are two treatments for anxiety and depression....perhaps they can assist you - but, truly believe in yourself - and you will find the brightest of lights awaits you at the end of this trial.<br><br>
Namaste</div>
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Yeah, I know all of this. I've been dealing with an anxiety disorder for years, I just wanted to know if anything changes with how people deal with it while pregnant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's a lot harder, ya know?
 

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I was surprised at how early in pregnancy I started to get short of breath. It wasn't anxiety, it was just pregnancy. It definitely made me anxious not to be able to breath though.<br><br>
Part of the problem is that I naturally start to take slower, deeper breaths when I feel like I'm not getting enough air, but when you're pregnant, your body starts breathing faster to get enough oxygen. So doing what seems natural to combat the problem just makes it worse.<br><br>
Maybe try breathing a bit quicker than you're used to.
 
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