Mood Swings During Pregnancy

During the nine months of pregnancy, a woman’s moods and emotions can range from the highs of feeling overjoyed and excited about having a baby to the lows of feeling impatient, worried and terrified as the delivery and motherhood approaches.

Pregnancy can also bring up other issues, such as difficult family relationships, insecurities and unrealistic personal expectations, which may have previously been suppressed or ignored. In many ways it’s helpful that a woman and her partner have almost a year to adjust to the realities of becoming parents.

What causes mood swings during pregnancy?

Mood Swing during pregnancy can be caused by stresses, fatigue, changes in your metabolism in the body, or by the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Significant changes in your hormone levels can affect your level of neurotransmitters, known as brain chemicals that regulate mood. Mood swings are mostly experienced during the first trimester and the third trimester as your body prepares for birth.

How To Handle My Mood Swings During Pregnancy?

Mood Swings are just another aspect of the pregnancy experience. Knowing that what you are experiencing is normal and somewhat expected may help you cope. Here are some tips to handle:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take a break during the day to relax
  • Eat well
  • Spend time with your partner
  • Go for a walk
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself
  • Try pregnancy yoga class or meditation
  • Get a massage
  • Take a nap
  • See a movie with a friend
  • Get regular physical activity

If your mood swings become more frequent and intense, it is crucial that you speak with your gynaecologist about options for dealing with severe mood swings, anxiety or depression.


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