Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Oh boy...or girl?!?

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I had an extremely shocking and surreal day on Monday. I had a suspicion, and it took a couple of tests to come up with conclusive results. Mr. T is out of town all week, so I had to tell him over the phone. I couldn't keep this to myself for so long. I found out that I am pregnant.

If all goes well with this pregnancy, it will be our second child. It was neither planned, nor prevented, and I am thrilled and nervous at the same time. I  feel very blessed to be trusted to raise and care for another little one. So what does being pregnant mean for my anxiety?
I have stopped taking my Sertraline (Zoloft) cold turkey and will definitely not take any more Clonozepam until after I am done nursing. Even though my doctor said Sertraline or Zoloft is okay during pregnancy, he also said it is best to not take any psychiatric medication if you can help it during the first trimester.

With my first pregnancy, I was lucky enough to be mostly anxiety free and medication free the entire time I was pregnant and for about the first 10 months of nursing. My mother was the same way. She always felt better when she was pregnant. I am hoping it will be the same with this one.

I am nervous about any side effects of suddenly stopping my anxiety medications. Usually if I forget to take my Sertraline for more than a day, I get horrible stomach aches and cramps. I don't remember feeling any side effects last time I stopped for my pregnancy, so I am hoping again for the same.  It is not okay to take Clonozepam during pregnancy or nursing. Besides possible birth defects and withdrawl symptoms in the newborn, it can cause your baby to have gray teeth!

When I was deciding to get pregnant the first time, I didn't know if I should wait until I "recovered" from the anxiety before getting pregnant or not. This is partially why I have the feelings I do about being cured from your anxiety. If you feel that way, you can put off these life decisions for who knows how long. Instead, I decided that this may be something I need to learn to live with, and therefore, when I felt I had the social anxiety under control, I felt comfortable getting pregnant.

I consider myself lucky that I do so much better with my anxiety when I am pregnant, but that doesn't mean you will be the same way. Some women find their anxiety symptoms get worse after being pregnant. So if you are contemplating this decision, my advice would be to wait until you feel you have successfully learned and used the tools to manage your anxiety and then go for it.


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10 comments:

cori said...

congrats! awesome news!

Cree said...

Congratulations! I have GAD and I've been following your blog for a few months. I, too, felt better during my pregnancies. Good luck!! :)

Mrs. Hesson said...

Congratulations! Also, I just started reading that workbook you suggested. So good and so helpful! I'm really enjoying it.

Abigail said...

Congratulations Aimee, I pray all will go well for you. Your comments on how anxiety is affected by pregnancy struck a chord for me, I am a strong believer that hormones have a large role to play in anxiety, I personally had an awful time during my pregnancy (hence only 1)lets pray your pregnancy this time is as positive an experience as your first :-)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations It's wonderful

Although I am professionally against stopping psych. meds cold turkey, as a mother I completely understand the desire to make the best decisions possible for your unborn child. Good luck with the pregnancy and managing your anxiety.

The Blue Morpho said...

Wow - congratulations! Many good wishes for a healthy happy pregnancy!
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Anxiety Girl said...

How exciting, Aimee!! Congratulations! I can't wait to read along and hear how the pregnancy is going. We've got 3 girls and it's really fun to watch their relationships grow over the years. Take good care of yourself! :)

Ash said...

congratulations! thats wonderful! i hope your anxiety gets better during pregnancy again. mine gets worse... not sure i can handle another pregnancy even though i want more children for sure. i'll be checking in for updates on the pregnancy and your anxiety!! I wish you the best!

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