PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

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Re: PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by lkw787 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:32 pm

I nearly died of HELLP Syndrome two days after ceasing lovenox injections one week before my medically necessary scheduled C-section and I was not remotely worried about the impending C-section. I was SO HAPPY AND CONFIDENT in my pregnancy (which until then had been laid back, relatively uneventful from a medical standpoint and incredibly EASY) THAT I allowed myself to have a baby shower and decorate a nursery. Hubby didn't want to create a nursery. I thought it was because he was being uncharacteristically selfish about giving up his small office to turn it into the baby's room but when I finally returned home to live six months after HELLP nearly killed me he confessed that he feared that we were not going to come home with a baby! (After three prior pregnancy losses he had a hard time believing in success.) I, on the other hand, had finally become convinced that DE (donor egg) IVF represented our only hope and that the three prior losses MUST HAVE BEEN DUE TO "OLD AGE/BAD EGGS" rather than other factors. (It had taken me a long time to accept the "old eggs" argument since I kept conceiving naturally, after giving up actively trying (!) So when I finally achieved my DE IVF conceived pg I was HAPPY, BLISSED OUT, RELAXED AND CONVINCED WE WERE "HOME FREE." IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME TO WORRY ABOUT ME, only about my baby being born healthy.

My mood when pregnant was BLISSED OUT, happy, relaxed, worrying about NOTHING. I had been laid off from my high stress creative job early on in the pg so had done NOTHING STRESSFUL, instead, eating right, exercising (prenatal yoga and swim aerobics), and resting.

So, I don't think mood had anything to do with my getting HELLP, but rather bad genetics: whatever paternal genetics contribute to HELLP as well as AMA (I was 44) and the fact of having used donor oocytes to conceive (which I hear also ups the risk though I'm not sure why.)

NOT MOOD...I WAS BLISSED OUT, RELAXED, OVERJOYED...Please ladies, lets not blame ourselves. God knows so many others are eager to do that, lets not help pile on unnecessary guilt.



Re: PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:35 am

Wow, this is interesting! Although I do not have anxiety issues I am A type personality in many ways sometimes. During my last pregnancy I was working full time doing physical work ( prenatal massage) I was very stressed over money and just all over the place trying to get things done and in order. My husband wasn't very supportive, he just asumed all was good and above all we lived next door to my MIL yikes!!!! Talk about high Bp!!! This time we moved, Im only working part time and may stop if need be and although I am scared I am actually more relaxed in alot of ways then last time. I am really taking it easy and telling that A type person in me to go away for a while.

Re: PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by princess purr » Tue Sep 25, 2012 04:49 pm

Well.. I guess meds wouldn't help then LOL I kept hoping the would come up with a magic cure for preeclampsia before I turned 35 but I'm turning 34 in march and guess I'm just going to have to role the dice and hope for the best.

Re: PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by caryn » Mon Sep 24, 2012 02:22 pm

So far as I know, there's no evidence that meds will help. It's a correlation between diagnosed anxiety disorders, and preeclampsia, possibly related to genes which confer risk for both syndromes.

Re: PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by princess purr » Sun Sep 09, 2012 09:09 pm

I am a very nervous person in general... I guess I really need to learn how to calm down... and maybe ask the peri about meds before I start trying again.

Re: PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by babyjames » Sun Sep 09, 2012 07:17 pm

Hi ladies

I am just reading this for the first time today and was quite surprised of this study/finding. Because I am a naturally anxious person (and I'm not happy of that fact) does it mean that it's best if I go on anxiety meds before trying again?? :-(

Re: PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by lotsamom » Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:07 am

I'm another one with a history of anxiety AND preeclampsia. :(

Re: PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by Buttercup72 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:45 am

I find this very interesting. I was diagnosed with Panic/Anxiety disorder in college. I had been on zoloft off and on before I had my dd in 2000. I was diagnosed with PE and delivered at 36 weeks. I recently had a miscarriage in Dec at 15 weeks. I have not been on zoloft for a few years b/c my anxiety has not been horrible and I manage when needed with xanax. I had an x-ray the week I found I was pregnant and immediately became anxious even when told it would not affect the baby. I kept telling my PCP as well as my OB that I was having much more anxiety with this pregnancy than my last. I was worried all the time. I never really felt relaxed. My BP started to rise at 10 weeks, which of course made me anxious about PE again.
I know have borderline hypertension which I take a water pill for. This is an insane disease!

Re : PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by momofhannah » Wed Sep 02, 2009 02:37 pm

Ohh oops.. I did not realize that this was to post my message, not the topic of my message. Anyway, so sorry this took so long to reply to Caryn's message re doing future possible case study on Xanax. I would like to know if there will be any case studies on pregnant women with anxiety. It is really intersting how much anxiety has played a huge role in developing my white coat hypertension and then preclampsia, especially that I have a family history of anxiety and thryoid problems. I have been a pretty anxious person, but the white coat hypertension did not show up until a few years ago so I knew that the anxiety must have somehow manfiested itself into a specific phobia out of the blue. I never have had problems going to drs until a few years ago and then the dread of going to drs just stuck with me after that scare with the nurse who told my blood pressure was a bit too high. I never had problems with my b/p or got nervous during thought about getting pregnant again on and off, but I would never want to get pregnant unless there is some kind of treatment for women with anxiety and/or white coat hypertension during pregnancy. That would make me feel so much safer knowing that I won't develop preclampsia again if I decide to get preg again. I also discovered that I had thryoid problems shortly after having my girl and had blood pressure/anxiety issues during that time. I have had it corrected with meds and am back to normal but I know that I have developed kind of a phobia and would have to do everything possible to treat and control my anxiety issues before I can decide if I want to get pregnant again or not. I would like to know more about possible case studies in future related to pregnancy anxiety. Thanks!

Re : PE Risk in Relation to Maternal Mood & Anxiety

Post by jend01 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 02:33 pm

I haven't had a chance to read the article yet, but just wanted to say that I was diagnosed with ptsd and have had a few panic attacks after my pregnancy. I was always a little nervous before being pregnant, but nothing major.

So does this mean that because I do have an anxiety issue that my chances will be even higher??
**sorry if this is in the article, like I said I haven't had a chance to read it yet**