Q. What can be done for flu-like symptoms with anxiety during pregnancy?

Answered by
Dr. Bharat Udey
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
Published on Nov 24, 2019 and last reviewed on: Nov 27, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am 26 weeks pregnant and had an extreme bout of anxiety and panic four weeks ago that lasted for 2 to 3 weeks, slowly improving over that time. I was also diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency. But all other blood work was normal. I tried Zoloft for two days and it made me so much worse. Now that most of the anxiety has subsided I have on and off flu-like symptoms and fatigue. I feel fine when I get up in the morning and then at some point in the day it starts. Could this be related to recovering from the anxiety and stress my body went through? I have always had bad health, anxiety, and it has me worried about chronic fatigue.

Dr. Bharat Udey

Geriatrics Psychiatry Sexology Sleep Medicine


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Pregnancy is a delicate phase, you should not take it lightly. You should not take any medication without any opinion from your treating physician. Anxiety associated with flu-like symptoms can be due to an underlying medical condition (such as infection). Hence you should seek an opinion from your gynaecologist as well.

Zoloft is a safer drug for anxiety, but still you should take opinion before taking it on your own. Medical causes are more common etiological causes for anxiety, they must be ruled out first. The symptoms that you are facing these days in morning can be the residual anxiety symptoms. So, before taking any medication for this anxiety, get yourself assessed in detail to rule out any underlying medical cause for the same.

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