This might sound somewhat insane, but recently after our 3rd IVF loss, I asked my RE if there are any safe anti-anxiety medications I can go on should I become pregnant in the future. I guess this conversation has been crossing my mind again as we are approaching the month of July. The truth of the matter is, should we plan to do a FET in the fall, it will be here before we know it.
Being a recurrent miscarrier, my anxiety is through the roof once I see those 2 pink lines. Because for us, those 2 lines mean that the battle has only just begun. Sometimes I feel odd because most of the women I meet in the infertility world are most stressed about going through the treatment cycle itself and whether or not it will even work. Rightfully so, because calendars, stims, retrievals, transfers, and 2WW’s, are all extremely stressful things to endure. But unlike most, when it comes to stressing, we spend the majority of our time thinking about miscarrying rather than the other things, even before the treatment actually begins.
Of course, my RE informed me that there are no “safe” medications for anti-anxiety when pregnant, which is what I figured. She gave me the option of going on a “safe” anti-depressant before I become pregnant, and continuing it through my pregnancy. I really do not want to do this, considering I am not on any antidepressants now. And isn’t this situation usually the other way around anyways? Like, a non-pregnant woman may be on antidepressants, but once she is pregnant, she weans herself off the meds. Here I am, a non-pregnant woman who is not on antidepressants, but wants them should I become pregnant! Totally backwards.
At times it pisses me off that what is supposed to be a time of joy and bliss, is now a time of anxiety and fear for us. I feel like something primal has been stolen from within me. Probably because it has. Could these feelings mean I am not ready to move forward again in a few months? Does it mean I need more time to heal mentally? I don’t believe so. No matter how you look at it, those losses will never go away. It doesn’t matter how much time passes by. It still happened to us and we will never get over losing our children. I believe our fears are justified, and they are a part of us now. Sure, I’d really just like to go back to being my old, normal self before the RPL days, but I don’t think that is humanly possible.
Regardless of the fears, neither my husband or my mom want me to go on an anti-depressant solely for pregnancy purposes either. And even though they say some antidepressants are “safe” for pregnant women, there are still risks involved and I don’t believe the benefits will outweigh them. Ladies, please feel free to share your experiences with this. For now, the short of it is, I need to find additional relaxation techniques to do in conjunction with the prayer, support groups, coloring, yoga, and acupuncture to get me through a future pregnancy without losing my mind. I never thought I would need to think this far ahead in terms of pregnancy anxiety, but I do.
This being said, one additional resource we plan to use is visualization through Circle + Bloom. If you missed my prior post about the Circle + Bloom CD programs, they are designed to reduce stress and provide a therapeutic mind-body connection through visualization techniques. If you research it, you will find that the techniques have shown effective in cancer treatment and education. I actually received my Circle + Bloom FET 3 disc audio CD in the mail today and I wanted to share a coupon with you in case you have any interest in purchasing a CD yourself….Circle + Bloom coupon
They have audio CD’s for natural cycles, egg donation, pregnancy/delivery, PCOS, energy improvement, sleep, IUI, IVF, etc. Obviously, I have not listened to the FET CD yet, but I have listened to the free Healing & Recovery CD for pregnancy loss and it is really amazing. To me, the CD is just as, if not more, relaxing than yoga or acupuncture. Down the road, we plan to purchase the Pregnancy CD as we go through another FET cycle. I am hoping that I can listen to it frequently and calm myself down when I need it. Of course, that is if we ever see those 2 pink lines again.