Panic Attack During Labor

Panic attack during labor can be very difficult. Pregnancy is often an emotional roller coaster which can be bad enough without panic rearing its ugly head.

Although the miracle of life is so beautiful, magical and such a happy time, it can also be incredibly stressful, particularly on a woman and her body.


Many women may undergo a panic attack during labor. If you already suffer panic attacks, it's best to prepare for the moment, as it's natural to worry about your baby.

Practice your coping skills way before giving birth. During labor, it will be helpful to use these skills like second nature, so you can concentrate on your baby.

You must learn to relax. Sounds like a cliche, but relaxing is easier said than done. You need to practice it. Make changes slowly, building up to labor. Master it now; when it's needed, you're ready.

What About Medication?

There's no proof that medications will harm your baby. Yet, there's nothing to say it's safe either. Antidepressants for panic could cause withdrawal symptoms in your baby.

The critical time is your first trimester. Your safest bet would be hypnosis (or self-hypnosis), which will not harm your baby.


If you can afford it, you may want to hire a doula. A doula is a woman trained to offer physical and emotional support before, during and after childbirth.

Also, talk to your doctor. Let them know you suffer from panic. Perhaps arrangements can be made so that you have full support. Let others move heaven and earth for you and your baby.

Tell them what's helped in the past. Humor? Human touch? These can be powerful to ease a panic attack. Knowing someone is there for you can ease an attack.

Doulas cost a few hundred dollars. If you can afford it, they can provide the much-needed support in your moment of need, should panic strike.

You don't have to face it alone. And remember, you are stronger than you think. Your strength will help you to bring in a new life. Concentrate on your baby, not the panic attack.

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