Anxiety in pregnancy: Katie’s story

Anxiety in pregnancy: Katie’s story


Before I fell pregnant and I was
suffering from heart palpitations just generally feeling quite stressy and
anxious scared that something bad is going to happen. There might not
be anything that would trigger it but it will just come on. And of course
my natural reaction would be, “Oh god I’m gonna heart attack!” You know I
shouldn’t be feeling so on edge. I went to the doctor and once the medication
did kick in I felt a hundred times better. I mentioned it to the GP that we
were thinking about trying for a baby she said for the early days I don’t know
what effect the medication would have on the baby so that they’d they just don’t
take it at all. Once we fell pregnant we were both
absolutely over the moon but I was anxious because I wanted to get past the 12-week scan, so I was really really anxious with that. So I made it up until about 20 odd
weeks I kind of started to feel my heart palpitations were coming back at work.
I just couldn’t concentrate, I had to sit by the window because I was getting too hot. But it
wasn’t just me now, it was the fact that I was carrying my baby
and also I’d been googling everything. So off I went and the GP was lovely and she said
by 20 weeks we’re comfortable that the baby’s developed all its main bits and
pieces and yeah you potentially could cause more damage by getting so worked
up than not taking the medications. So I did and because I’d already
taken them before, within a week I had calmed. The GP referred me to have some CBT
counselling sessions actually over the phone. Each session was about half an
hour to 45 minutes. She also sent me like workbooks out in the post and I’d work
on them, and also like a little guide book. So if I was feeling anxious at work
or at home I have to refer to my guide book and it would it would give me
little pointers and little tips to get me through certain situations. I wasn’t going to be calm until he was safely in my arms and you know it it was a hell of
a journey so after three days of labour and finally the c-section I’ll never
forget the way he looked at me. He was placed in my arms he just looked at me
to say I know you. The advice I’d give somebody if they were
struggling with anxiety during pregnancy… I would definitely say, “talk”. Talk to
your family, talk to your husband, to your partner, and the midwives

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