Are you crying at the drop of an hat? Or laughing at the most odd moments? Or laughing and crying at the same time? Yes, you are going through tremendous phases of mood swings, which are fairly common during pregnancy, and you can rightly blame them all on your hormones and the varied feelings crossing your mind now that you are going to be a parent. You may want to cry out loud or may become teary on happy occasions. You may want to fight on trivial issues, fears may pop up every now and then regarding the health of the unborn baby or your own health. Pregnant women may depression or anxiety may creep in, leaving you feeling isolated or left out. You might be not happy with your new body. Mixed emotions making you feel miserable and low at one time, and joyful and elated the next moment.
The main reason is the changes in the level of hormones (progesterone and estrogen) during pregnancy which can affect the level of neurotransmitter in brain that regulates the moods. Especially during the first trimester, the rising levels of hormones does have some significant effect on your brain’s wiring leading to mood swings. Women stress out during these times thinking about the health of the baby, financial concerns or drastic physical changes. Another reason for mood swings can be caused by fatigue, heartburn, body pain due to pregnancy as the body has the work to nurture a life.
Old wives tale has it that mood swings during pregnancy are also indicative of the gender of the baby you are carrying. Apparently, if your mood fluctuates very frequently, you are carrying a girl. Well, if it is so, then girls do start showing up very early in life!!
You should see some signs of fluctuating hormones sometime around week 6 and 10 of your pregnancy. Mood swings are at their highest during the first trimester, and after letting you a have a stable second trimester, they come back during late pregnancy weeks. This can be attributed to the fact that the news of pregnancy would have sparked some apprehensions in you, and when the pregnancy is coming to a close, you might be worried about labor, birthing and parenting.
Mood swings are common in pregnancy, and are enjoyed by many. If you are beginning to feel that they are a ‘way too much to handle’ you may try the below coping tips:
Yoga and exercise would do a lot to improve your mood during pregnancy, as these activities boost endorphins, that help you cope better and sleep better. If you’d like, you could use the following natural remedies to keep yourself emotionally balanced during pregnancy:
Though mood swings in pregnancy are fairly common, however, if you feel you have very aggressive mood swings, or they last for more than 2 weeks, it would be wise to consult your doctor. Roughly about 10% of pregnant women get into mild or moderate depression in their pregnancies, for which seeking the help of a counselor may work well. Professional help may also be suggested if your mood swings are way too crazy or aggressive, and you are feeling frequently nervous or anxious. This might be a sign of Bipolar Disorder, and would need professional help.
Remember, your mood swings caused during pregnancy will not last forever, so do not worry as it is a common feeling experienced by all the expecting mothers. If you think your mood swings are severely intense than the normal mood swings, then consult your doctor. They will give you the right help and treatment. It is important to overcome your mood swings, because it can have a harmful effect on your sleep and diet routine. A healthy and strong emotional mindset is important for the healthy development of the baby and also the mother. Have a happy and a relaxed pregnancy.