Mood Swings in Pregnancy: If there is one thing that people joke about in pregnancy it is the unpredictability of a woman’s emotions. One minute you are on top of the world and the next you are down in the dumps and just want to be alone and cry yourself to sleep yet you have no idea why and even your partner’s sweet words don’t seem to make it better. Crazy thing these emotions! It happens to many women so don’t think that there’s something wrong with you.
What causes it?
The biggest culprit for mood swings is your hormones. Estrogen and progesterone increase when you get pregnant and they are great for your pregnancy and prepare your body for that journey. They however affect your mood and can get you a little more irritable or tearful than usual.
There is also a lot going on around you at this point and this can affect your mood too. It is normal to get excited about the prospect of being a mother and then get scared and worried a short while after wondering what madness you got yourself into. You could worry about your capabilities as a parent, how the delivery will go, whether the baby will be born healthy or with any complications, the financial aspect of things, the changes to your body and whether your partner will still find you attractive and how having a baby will affect your relationship.
Your physical side is also going through its own set of challenges, what with heartburn and morning sickness and not forgetting pregnancy brain. Constantly forgetting important things or even mundane things that you need to remember can be quite frustrating. If you look closely you’ll see that there is a lot that can affect your joy and happiness during pregnancy. This doesn’t mean you should let it walk all over you and take charge. You do deserve to be happy you know! So how can you deal with it?
Talk things out
Talking remains therapeutic for many people. Give an honest account of what you’re feeling and it could just make you feel better. You can talk to your partner, friends or family and you could receive a lot of support from them. Fellow expecting women will understand what exactly you’re going through and can also make a good audience. If you feel that the aforementioned audiences may come with some prejudice or judgment consider talking to your doctor about it instead.
Ask for help
Pregnancy is already hard work and there are a million things you have to do before the baby comes. Instead of doing it all and overworking yourself ask someone to help out. They will probably be more than willing to help out.
Take time out for fun and rest
A tired body makes it difficult to keep moods in check. Sleep as much as you need, including short naps during the day. As you get closer to your due date you might want to start your maternity leave so you can rest and recharge before the baby comes.
A fun activity will get your mind off the pressures of pregnancy and leave you feeling relaxed. Consider a nice movie, a lazy afternoon with a good book or lunch with a close girlfriend.
Exercise releases some feel-good hormones and you don’t have to break a sweat to achieve this. You can try taking a walk outside where there is minimal disturbance or going for a swim.
Bond with your partner
Your partner will most likely bear the biggest brunt of your moodiness because you feel safe around them and are free to just be yourself. Let your partner know that you still love them and the mood swings have nothing to do with them. Take some time together when your moods calm down so you can strengthen your bond and prepare to both become parents.
Sometimes mood swings go a little too far and interfere with your daily life, and no intervention works. You need to get checked for depression and get help for it if that’s the case.