Mood swings during pregnancy

October 29, 2015 10:48 AM

Mood swings during pregnancy

October 29, 2015 10:48 AM

Pregnant women can be susceptible to mood swings, going from happy to sad, joy to frustration, laughing to crying. It makes them wonder: why can’t I have control over my emotions? And how can I deal with these mood swings?

 

One of the main reasons for mood swings is the increase of certain hormones, such as: progesterone and estrogen, which cause depression and the desire to cry.

 

Another reason could be the discomfort that comes with pregnancy, such as: nausea, heartburn, fatigue, swollen feet, back pain, fatigue resulting from the change in sleep patterns, and trying to adapt to your new appearance. These factors are enough to make a you feel exhausted both physically and mentally.

 

And of course, the idea of the pregnancy itself and becoming a mother can affect your mood. Whether it’s feelings of joy and tension of the responsibility of becoming a mother, or being scared of the big changes that will happen to your life, like how your relationship between you and your husband when the baby arrives will change, as well as worrying about the child birth itself. All of these things can make you nervous.

 

How to handle mood swings during pregnancy?

 

  1. Prepare a plan of action: A lot of things can worry you as you anticipate the arrival of your baby, such as preparing your house and buying certain things. If you feel that you’re under pressure, assign those responsibilities to those close to you, such as your husband, family, and friends. This can take some pressure off of you and relieve some of the stress.
  2. Treat yourself: Make time for you. You could watch a movie, meet with your friends, go for a walk, or anything that can distract you from the worries of pregnancy. If you feel tired or stressed, take some much needed rest and you will feel better.
  3. Don’t be isolated: Talk to someone about what is worrying you. It could be your husband, sibling, friend, or anyone you feel close to. Talking about your worries out loud can be very helpful when you are feeling stressed or depressed, and they can offer you support in your time of need.
  4. Exercise: Simple exercises such as walking and swimming can improve your mood, especially outdoors. But, of course, it’s best to ask your doctor about the appropriate sports for you.
  5. Bond with your husband: Your husband could feel that you are not giving him enough attention, which could make him sensitive to your mood swings and become frustrated. Let him know that you still love and care about him, and that you need his support during this stressful time. This can strengthen your bond and make the burdens of pregnancy a little lighter on you.

 

After all this, you have to take into consideration that mood swings are normal during pregnancy. So, there’s no need to worry, since worrying will only make it worse. If you worry too much, you could end up exhausting yourself or losing your appetite, and possibly expose yourself to health problems you’re better off without.