|Mood Changes During Pregnancy|
|Any pregnant woman may possibly have some experience with mood changes, occurring with her. There is no matter to get worried about it, as mood changes are a usual phenomenon during pregnancy. It is quite normal, that now you may be happy and excited about your expecting a baby, but the next moment you feel overwhelmed and stressed. |
You may be suffering from constant worries about your delivery, your baby’s health, etc, like “will we be able to make good parents to our baby?” or “How will we manage to keep our little one from the financial point of view?”, “will I and my baby manage to stay alive and healthy during his arrival?”, “what if anything happens with either of us?”, etc. All these worries do affect your mood changes. You are to understand that pregnancy is a life – changing period in the life of every family, and childbirth is the event, full of physical and emotional changes, and only if you do realize it, you will be having positive experience during the whole pregnancy period.
What Are the Reasons of Mood Changes During Pregnancy?
Physical stresses, metabolism changes, fatigue, or the work of the estrogen and progesterone hormones may possibly cause mood changes during pregnancy. If there is the significant changes occur in your hormonal levels, your neurotransmitters (brain chemicals, which regulate your mood) may be affected as well. The most probable period of mood changes experiencing is during the first trimester of pregnancy, somewhere between the weeks 6th to 10th. However, you may also have mood changes during the third pregnancy trimester, while your body will be getting ready to the process of delivery.
What Should I Do About my Mood Swings?
First of all having mood changes is not a reason to get worried at all, as it is considered to be only one of the “symptoms” of pregnancy. Maybe if you will be aware about mood changes is just a normal phenomenon, occurring to most pregnant women, it will be easier for you to cope with this problem. Here is the list of the ways to manage your stress:
Get plenty of sleep;
Have a rest and relax during a day;
Get enough of physical exercises;
Go for a walk every day somewhere in the park;
Eat well, but not too much;
Spent more time with your partner;
Take an afternoon nap;
Meet your friends;
Do not be so hard on yourself;
If you feel concerned, you may try pregnancy yoga class or meditation;
Get a relaxing massage.
When Should You Seek Professional Help?
In case if you suffer from mood changes longer than two – three weeks; and if there is no turn for the better, you may probably be having depression, and then you are to consult with your doctor about it. Nevertheless, you are to remember, that mood changes do not mean depression at all, as anyone may confuse simple mood alternations, which may simply be removed by some relaxation or rest with heavy depression, which may even require the help of a qualified psychologist. There are some most common depression symptoms:
Your sleep becomes irregular; you may even be suffering from insomnia;
Constant feeling of anxiety;
You become more irritable than usual;
Your eating habits become different; usually you suffer from lack of appetite;
You become not able to get concentrated on something for a long period of time;
You may even have short – term loss of memory
Remember, that the phenomenon of mood changes is not a depression; however, it may cause depression. Anyway, if you notice your mood swings becoming more frequent and intense, you should better talk to your doctor about it, and he will help you to find a way out of this situation.