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Mood swings during pregnancy


Mood swings during pregnancy

Mood swings during pregnancy

Contents of the article

  • The big amendment
  • Change roles
  • What you might feel
  • Control your emotions


You may have found that health care providers as well as friends and family focus mostly on the physical aspects of your pregnancy. Of course, their primary focus is on being healthy for you and your baby. Additionally, the physical elements of pregnancy are more physical and easier for others to notice. But many pregnant women find it difficult to deal with their emotions and mood swings as hard as the physical symptoms.

What makes pregnancy carry all these feelings? How can you cope with the different feelings and moods that are likely to occur?

The big amendment

Many women look forward to pregnancy and motherhood at some point in their lives. But once you get pregnant, whether the pregnancy was planned or not, your feelings may be different from what you expected. Women who have anticipated a feeling of fear may be surprised by their sense of relief. Those who feel ready to become pregnant may suddenly feel suspicious.

In fact, a woman's feelings change with each trimester of pregnancy, and each stage has its own emotional problems. In the first trimester of pregnancy, you may struggle with just the idea that you are pregnant. During the second trimester of pregnancy, you may be focusing on the idea that you are actually going to have a baby. In the last three months, you may broaden this thinking to include the responsibilities - and happiness - of the mother. This takes a lot of emotional adjustment!

Change roles

Pregnancy also changes the mechanics of your family's relationships. If this is your first child, you will go from being an individual or part of a married couple, with obligations that are limited only to yourself and your spouse, to taking responsibility all the time for a baby who is totally dependent on you.

If you are pregnant with your second (or third or fourth) baby, changes will also occur in the family as your responsibilities increase. The arrival of a young child into the family can cause a lot of stress at times, even in the happiest of circumstances. For this reason, pregnancy is sometimes called a "growth crisis." Although having a baby is a natural and wonderful aspect of life, it can also cause a person to become stressed and confused. Hormonal changes in your body can add to these feelings.

What you might feel

Here are the feelings and reactions that many pregnant women report. Please note that they are not all negative:

  • Joy, happiness and excitement
  • Suspicion or fear
  • Irritability
  • Calm down
  • Heavy dependence on your spouse or family members
  • Proud that you accomplished this miracle
  • Loving and attaching to your baby even before he's born
  • Reactions to changes in your body shape (you may or may not like your body shape during pregnancy)
  • Feeling distracted
  • Sadness over the loss of what was going on
  • Anxiety about finances, living arrangements, childcare, loss of independence, changes in your relationship with your partner, labor and birth, whether or not you will become a good mother, etc.
  • Feeling - impatience as if you have been pregnant for years and years
  • Excessive sensitivity to other people's comments or advice
  • Repeated crying
  • Daydreaming of your child

Control your emotions

Although all of the above is normal, you can take some steps to reduce your mood swings during this fun but stressful time:

  • Maintain your physical health. Eat healthy food, get exercise and get enough rest. If you feel tired or unwell, you are likely experiencing anxiety or distress.
  • Get the information you need. For example, attend prenatal courses and read books about pregnancy. It can help relieve stress, knowing what to expect, listening to professionals, and meeting other prospective parents.
  • Share your thoughts and feelings with your partner, friends or family.
  • Avoid overburdening your obligations at home or at work.

Consult your health care provider before taking any medications for depression or mood swings, including herbal remedies. Always consult your healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter or prescription drugs during pregnancy.

Remember to take good care of yourself, because it is your priority now. In a few years' time, you may remember these nine months and miss them so much.