With my first pregnancy, I had severe anxiety attacks. I didn't know that's what they were at the time, though. I thought I was having heart problems, because the main symptoms of my anxiety attacks were heart palpatations, shortness of breath, coughing, and extreme lightheadedness/dizzyness.
I saw a cardiologist and wore a heart monitor for a month (which is how they determined the palpatations; my heart was skipping beats, sometimes two at a time). This all became a physical problem with the heart palpatations once I was at 26 weeks. The cardiologist told me that my stress and anxiety (caused by my son's father and the issues I was having with him), combined with my small stature and being more than halfway through my second trimester of pregnancy, was the problem.
Physically, the baby was at a point of his most rapid growth spurts, and my heart was not only working overtime pumping extra blood, but all my internal organs were getting squished up under my ribs and putting pressure on my heart and lungs.
Mentally and emotionally, I was dealing with severe stress and anxiety with my child's father.
All the physical heart palpatations and other symptoms disappeared immediately after giving birth.
I haven't had any issues like that yet with this pregnancy, and I'm also 24 weeks. I hope I don't have the same problems again with this pregnancy, because dealing with them during my last was absolutely miserable and scary. I never knew when I'd get an anxiety attack and feel so lightheaded and choked of air that I'd feel like I'd pass out (which happened twice).
I have had them once or twice during this pregnancy, (and had them a great deal before getting pregnant), but mine are really associating themselves with the added stress in my life right now.
I think it would be worth a phone call or visit to the doctor, if for nothing else to put your mind at ease! (We had a long talk with our doctor about the effects of this stress on the baby and it helped a lot to hear that there were no problems for our L'il Monkey!!)
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