Our expert says:
I would, ideally, have wanted you to work with a really skilled psychologist doing CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) to learn how to gain control over your anxiety and panic attacks. In advance of pregnancy, medication can also help, such as drugs also used for depression, and some other sedative tranquillizers which one can dissolve under the tongue when you feel a panic coming on. One would if possible prefer to get the medication part of treatment complete before embarking on pregnancy, if possible.
Do see a really good local psychiatrist for a thorough assessment of your fears and concerns, to plan effective treatment which could clear this up before you embark on pregnancy.
During labour you're likely to be so fully involved in he labour itself, as to hardly have time to panic, and actual harm to you or the baby is really unlikely - but these specific questions ened to be discussed in detail with a psychiatrist who has fully assessed you and knows your situation in all its details.
Durign a C section, of course, you would be under anaesthetic, and unable to panic, anyway
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