Anxiety

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Anxiety
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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 9:09am

After yesterday's midwife appointment, where my belly measured 32 weeks (I'm at 26 weeks - I've attached pictures of me at 6w5d and at 25w4d to compare) and she wants to get me tested for GD and have another u/s done, I had a serious anxiety attack in the afternoon.

I was crying for no reason, and even started yelling at my cat because he was meowing too much. I had a huge headache that wouldn't go away, and when I went to bed, Evan was moving around SO much that it actually worried me (is there such thing as too much movement?). My dreams were scary - mostly about me losing Evan early, and I woke up in the middle of the night with AF-like cramps and back pain which made the dreams all the more real.

I'm feeling better physically this morning. No cramping, back pain, or headache, but I'm still reeling from the anxiety. I have a meeting at work today and for some reason I'm feeling so anxious about it that I want to cry when I even think about it.

Sorry for the pity party, but I'm seriously wondering if these are signs of depression, rather than just being emotional due to pregnancy. Any advice, positive thoughts, and/or hugs would be greatly appreciated.





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Registered: 04-22-2006
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 08-21-2010 - 9:37am

Thanks again to everyone for sharing their experience. I’m glad I’m not the only one to have felt anxiety about these kinds of things. The whole thing is a bit confusing because my weight gain is normal, but my stomach is huge. I’m starting to realize that testing is better than not knowing, so hopefully the results will help ease my mind.

As for the depression – the reason I mentioned that is because I have a history of depression, and there are definitely warning signs that I’m aware of (anxiety over little things, not wanting to go out of the house, not wanting to interact with people, etc.). I’ve been feeling those things for a week or so now, so I just want to keep an eye on it. There has been a lot of stressful/drama stuff going on at work too, which doesn’t help.





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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 08-21-2010 - 9:17am

(((HUGS))) Alyssa--I think your belly looks perfect--mine is definitely just as big. As others have said, your midwife is just checking on you but I'm sure everything is totally fine. Some babies are just big and some women have more amniotic fluid--and I think how the baby is positioned in there has to have an effect, too.

In terms of depression--I don't think this would be considered real Depression unless it was lasting for a long time (several weeks), but if you think it would help you to talk to someone, do it!

I'll have to post a belly pic soon so you can check mine out--by the way, remember how I was measuring 23 weeks at 20 weeks? Well at 25 weeks, I measured 26 weeks--so I think it was just a growth spurt or something before, and maybe you are having one too!

Try not to worry, I'm sure everything is great in there for Evan! (((HUGS)))

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Registered: 09-29-2006
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 10:22pm

Alyssa - I hope you're feeling a bit better now:). Just wanted to send you some positive thoughts.

As PPs have mentioned, your midwife is just doing her job by ordering a couple extra tests, since your measurements are a bit outside the range. I can understand that extra tests can be anxiety producing, though.. I had two pre-eclampsia screenings, two extra ultrasounds, and a bunch of non-stress tests at the very end of my pregnancy because of a few high blood pressure readings. Everything was perfectly fine in the end...and through the tests, I just tried to keep reminding myself that it's better to check and rule things out than not.

Oh, and I also burst out crying one day after a planning meeting at work, so I think emotional outbursts can be par for the course during pregnancy, but it never hurts to talk to someone if you have any concerns.

Take Care!


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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 9:00pm
Alyssa - my belly was huge and I measured ahead the whole pregnancy. I got panicky as well, thinking I had GD or the baby had some crazy growth disorder - but everything was fine. I think what you're going through and feeling is perfectly normal - after all, you're pregnant! You're supposed to have raging hormones, lol. I agree, though, it doesn't hurt to talk to someone, and it might make you feel better. (((HUGS)))








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Registered: 04-22-2006
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 5:20pm

Thanks ladies. I guess you're right that it's a good thing that my MW is looking out for me and wants to get these tests done to rule anything out. For some reason I automatically assume I have GD if she wants me to be tested for it, but hopefully that's not the case.

Mari - thanks for including your belly pic! It's cute, and I need to start thinking my belly is cute again!

Kate - good idea about the counselor. It would be good just to have someone's contact info on hand. I was seeing a therapist a while back, but we didn't really click and I wasn't happy with her, so it would be good to get someone else anyway.





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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 11:06am

Alyssa, I would ask your OB to recommend someone for you to talk to. There are consolers out there that specialize in pre and post natal maternal care. I have the number to one in my purse, just waiting for me to call and make an appointment. Even if you aren't suffering from depression it might be nice/helpful to have someone to talk to, that understands these things.

I agree w/ Mari that it's good that your MW is having you tested for GD and ordering another US. Really that's her job, and what she should be doing for you.

Try and relax, I know easier said than done, put on some good music and go for a walk. Try some yoga or deep breathing.

((HUGS))

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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 9:54am
Alyssa, first of all ((hugs!)).
Although I think your m/w is right on checking things (after all that's what pre natal appt are for!); I would try not to worry... Some women have big bellies, and that's just it!! I was huge, in fact, I'll attach a pic of my belly at 27 weeks so you can see for yourself!
And about your emotions... I wouldn't be so quick to label them "depression"!!! :) You just got scared, that's all! Something that could help you is try to think that even if you have GD it is not the end of the world, there are treatments to make sure your baby is born beautiful and healthy.
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