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The last few weeks have been great! Today I woke up with anxiety and intrusive thoughts. When will it end sad 34 weeks pregnant and so scared for it getting worse with postpartum 😭

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    Hey Nicole, try not to worry as this is how recovery happens.  It comes in patches so you may get an hour good, an hour bad, a day feeling good, a feeling bad, a few weeks good and maybe a few weeks bad etc.  This is a sure way to know that you are well on your way to recovery.  Just accept that your body is still healing and it will disappear good eventually.

    Trust in the medicine - it will work.

    34 weeks - getting exciting!

    K x

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      ...... disappear FOR good ........ (missed a word out) ;-)
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      Thank you! I feel like I'm doing better and Ive been good a few weeks then panic sets in that it's all going to be erased after I have the baby and I'll get worse and the meds won't work sad
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      Kate did you have to take anything while you were pregnant or up your dose for postpartum? Did your son up his dose at anytime. I want to up mine as soon as I have the baby I'm still taking 5 mg. will it be like starting over again?
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      Yes this is how it worked for me. Felt like I was getting somewhere the bam! the anxiety came back again and I quickly forgot how it felt to be well.

      It won't be erased after you have the baby, if anything you should start feeling even better.  Negative thoughts are part of the illness.

      These meds are really good - trust in them, they'll do their magic.

      K x

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      When I was pregnant there weren't any SSRI 's around, but was on a tri-cyclic called Anafranil which work in a different way.  I was on the same dose all the way through and after too.  I didn't start SSRI's until my son was 2.

      My son started on a big dose and then it was upped to an even higher dose.  He suffered bad on it, and now looking back think the dose was too high, too soon.

      After baby is born you could up your dose by just another 5mg maybe, let it settle before upping another 5mg.  Doing it real slow and bit by bit will lessen any potential side effects.

      I've been reducing my meds by 5mg each time and I've had mo withdrawal symptoms at all.  

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      Did you still feel depression/anxiety during the pregnancy? Because mine hasn't went away and that's why Im worried about postpartum rolleyes I have a friends husband that just started Prozac and they did the same thing to him. I told her it took me at least 4 months to start feeling better. They also keep upping his meds. I just hate how I feel and how long it's taking this time on Prozac. Last time within 2 months I was back to my happy go lucky self and I stopped them on 3 months with no problem. This time I've been so up and down and tired. I also have been getting the intrusive thoughts still. sad I just wish I could go back in time and feel normal again.
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      Yes unfortunately I did feel depressed and anxious throughout my first pregnancy.  I was very scared of leaving work, being on my own ... just scared of everything.  I didn't get postnatal depression, but I was so depressed in general anyway.  I just so wanted to feel normal so I could enjoy life.

      You're taking a small dose so will no doubt take much longer to reach the full effect.  Once baby is born you can increase your meds, but do take it slowly.

      I used to want to go back in time so I could feel normal too, but since I recovered I feel just as well as before and love life again.  You'll feel like that again. x

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      Was you on the anafranil during your first pregnancy? Did you take anything during your others? I've got "health" anxiety after I had my daughter she's 6. I never took meds till I got depression after my miscarriage.
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      I was on Anafrinal for both my pregnancies.  The meds did nothing to help with my depression and anxiety.  I didn't take any other medicines during that time.  

      Many different things can set us off on the path to depression - emotions, stress, bereavement, shock and so many other things too.  I'd imagine you suffered all those emotions after your loss - it must have been a very tough time for you.  xx 

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      No I've never had postpartum.  I was only changed to SSRI's because I just wasn't getting any better from depression and was fed up with it, so after being on Anafranil for over 10 years I was tried on SSRI's.  That's when I started to recover.
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