I've struggled with anxiety disorder and panic attacks since my early 20s. Years of CBT and Zoloft finally helped me get the actual panic attacks under control but have always had the nagging general anxiety since and just occasional attacks over the more recent years. I've always kept a bottle of ativan in my purse and only take one when I am experiencing an actual attack.
I am now in my mid 30s and pregnant with my second child. During my first pregnancy I experienced zero anxiety and figured I must be one of the lucky ones that I read about that the pregnancy hormones somehow alleviate anxiety and panic attacks. This time around has been a little different. Of course I am excited about another little one and this was planned but my life is different this time, worrying how I will manage with a 2 year old and a new baby. I have felt really anxious the last few weeks and tonight I feel right on the brink of an attack. My next OB appointment isn't for another 2 weeks where I plan to discuss this with my Dr who I love. Everything that I've read about taking benzos during pregnancy seems to reference studies of women who take benzos daily. There doesn't seem to be any information on taking them on occasion when necessary. So I'm wondering if anyone has any insight or information. Odds are I won't even end up needing to take one, sometimes just the thought of having them but not being able to take one makes it worse and makes you even more anxious. My fellow anxiety sufferers will know what I'm talking about