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<p>Hi all,</p>
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<p>I don't know if this is at all normal, or if I am developing some form of an anxiety disorder...</p>
<p>Lately, I found out that burning incense frequently during pregnancy and around a child increases their risk of cancer.</p>
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<p>Since then, I have been unable to stop these huge waves of anxiety and guilt, because my DH and I burned large amounts of incense (not while using drugs, but for yoga/meditation/clearing energy) all throughout my pregnancy and well until last week when I read the studies.</p>
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<p>It was mostly natural incense, sage, frankincense and myrrh, but it WAS quite smoky, as we burned it on charcoal tablets...</p>
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<p>Now that I have read the studies on benzene and the PAHs released and the danger I have put my son in, my mind has been racing for 3 days with the "what ifs". I cannot live with the idea that I just didn't know and did something to hurt him. I am terrified of being the cause of any ailment or pain in him.</p>
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<p>I just don't know how to forget and forgive myself and move forward. </p>
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<p>Please help me find some reassurance. </p>
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<p>Thank you ahead of time! This is all new to me and this feeling is horrible. I am in physical pain over it and am unable to truly enjoy time with DS due to this fear.</p>
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<p>That sounds beyond the normal level of anxiety, to be sure.  I've been having abnormal anxieties, too.  You might want to try talking with a counselor about some coping strategies besides meds.  I'm talking with a therapist about it and increasing my exercise, and that seems to be improving my postpartum anxieties. </p>
 

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You say that you do yoga and meditation? Are these not helping? There is a good book-Yoga For Anxiety I can recommend. And really, there are so many "safe" drugs you can take for anxiety during breastfeeding. I understand you not wanting to take them. I'm going through the same thing. I would look into counseling if it is available and affordable for you. <img alt="hug2.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif">
 

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<p>Thank you so much! Yes, they are helping, but I still struggle in the mornings and sometimes at night when I randomly wake up with a sense of fear that I have done something to hurt my child. During the day, I can meditate and exercise the pain away. I think I will look for a therapist, preferably one that is covered by insurance and won't prescribe meds. Or not right away, anyway. I will check out Yoga for Anxiety. Sounds just right! <span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></span><br>
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You say that you do yoga and meditation? Are these not helping? There is a good book-Yoga For Anxiety I can recommend. And really, there are so many "safe" drugs you can take for anxiety during breastfeeding. I understand you not wanting to take them. I'm going through the same thing. I would look into counseling if it is available and affordable for you. <img alt="hug2.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com//images/smilies/hug2.gif"></div>
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