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    I have a lot of anxiety around my current job circumstances. i posted another thread about how i've been out of work, and my doctor hasn't gotten to reading the materials provided by my job to make sure the job environment is safe -- she wrote me ou of work this entire week so she can look it over, and honestly i'm the only one that does my job - i'm leaving a lot of people hanging.
    every time i think about it, i shake and my heart pounds and i sweat. i just had to call my boss to explain to him whats going on and the same bout of anxiety came around, now i'm trying to take deep breaths and relax... honestly i don't know what is worse at this point the anxiety or the chemicals.
    i just need reassurance that these little bouts of anxiety aren't going to harm my growing baby...

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    I get some weird anxieties when I'm pregnant (my are way more unfounded then yours). It has to do with the chemicals from the pregnancy mixing with your brain chemicals... the same with mood swings... luckily it should even out at your body adjusts to the new hormone levels. Its stressful, but it shouldn't HARM the baby the way the chemicals would. There are no real studies that link a mother's anxiety to birth defects, or anything like that. Just remember to take a deep breath, and find ways to relax. For me, laying in a nice warm bath helps. Hopefully your doc. will give you an answer soon. I know you feel bad about leaving your work, but trust me, if you go back before the OK, inhale a chemical that turns out to be harmful, you will feel a whole lot worse. Thats the thing about becoming a mom, its hard to balance your career drive with your drive to protect and care for your kids. In the end, you can get another job, or someone will step in and handle your work load while you are out. There is no one else that can step in and take care of that little one inside you.
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    thank you so much for your encouragement and reassurance that this bout of anxiety and hysterical crying will not harm the baby <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
    you're absolutely right. i think too many times i expect to please everyone and the reality is that just isnt possible in ANYONE's world, and the number one priority is the baby. i really don't love my job adn i thought about leaving a year ago, i think a little of this is me kicking myself for not finding another job.
    thanks again <3

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    risstopher, i also battle anxiety and worry how it affects my baby. i think it's very important for you to take care of yourself during the pregnancy. try to avoid stress as much as possible. i know, easier said than done. but try to make a conscious decision, "i will avoid stress the best i can". i am trying to do that now. if i find that i get bothered by something, i will leave the room and take deep breaths. if you can meditate or do yoga, that should help, too. maybe some nice walks in the spring air.

    this is my second pregnancy. my first pregnancy was very, very stressful for the first two trimesters. i had tons of work stress, we were remodeling the house, and my husband and i would argue from time to time. on the day of my work baby shower, my water broke at 28 weeks. everything worked out fine, the membrane resealed and my little boy was born at a healthy 38 weeks. BUT, i really believe i let the anxiety and stress get the better of me and that's why it happened. please just take care of yourself and always do what you feel is right. try not to let others push you in directions you don't want to go in.

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    oh wow, your baby was ok though?

    thanks so much for the advice <3 i need to stop letting things get to me

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    I found out that I had cancer when I was pregnant with my 5yo, she is perfectly healthy. My brother and stepfather passed away right before I was pregnant with my 2yo, she is perfect, too.

    Try not let the stress bother you, because stressing really won't help the situation. But don't worry too much about the baby either, they are strong little people.

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    Aliask, i am so sorry for your loss'. it makes me feel silly for stressing SO much. i appreciate your encouragement SO MUCH <3

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