Is Anxiety a sign of PPD? *Infant Death Mentioned*

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Is Anxiety a sign of PPD? *Infant Death Mentioned*

Ladies that have had post partum depression is anxiety a symptom or sign?

For the last week and a half I have been having dreams/nightmares that I wake up and find my little girl not breathing. And it SCARES the daylights out of me! Its either from sids or her choking on her bottle and I wake up my heart is pounding and I am scared. I don't have any thoughts of hurting my baby and I am not crying no other signs but this is causing sleep problems and I already don't get any sleep since she is not sleeping well and having feeding issues!

I am getting about 5 hours a sleep a day and it's starting to take a toll! I don't even know how I can function and I know I am going to crash and burn soon!

What do you think?

Joined: 06/29/07
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I did a quick google search, and it sounds like Post-partum anxiety. http://postpartum.net/Get-the-Facts/Anxiety-During-Pregnancy-and-Postpartum.aspx So you may want to call your doctor, mainly because it is affecting your sleep so much.

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Thank you Christine I did a bing search and didn't get too much and gave up. I have an appt with my ob next week, it was supposed to be for tomorrow but I can not get anyone to watch the kids!

What you posted sounds like everything I am having and this would be the first, but I think I had it after my last son since he was in the nicu and wasn't supposed to make it, but I never got help. But this time I think I should!

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~Lurker~

I had my daughter in Jan 08, and when she was born I had the same thing for about 8 weeks. It was absolutely horrible! I tried to talk to people about it but nobody really got how awful it was. I would wake up and be absolutely convinced that i had her in bed with me and I would be searching for her in the bed frantically then I would check her bassinet and she was always there.

What really helped me, and I'm not sure if this is relevant for you or not is moving her into a different room and using baby monitors. I hated doing it at first but it worked and it was the only way I was able to get any sleep.

I hope that you can find some relief, I know how awful these nightmares are....take care and all the best Smile