You may have noticed yourself feeling extra moody during your pregnancy. One minute you might be feeling fine and then the next minute you are crying at a Hallmark commercial on television!
A pregnant friend recently called me telling me that she thought she was going crazy because one minute she’d be laughing and then the next minute she’d be crying. Perhaps you are experiencing this too? Don’t worry; you are not going crazy, it’s normal. Almost every pregnant woman on the planet has to deal with mood swings during pregnancy due to the increase of hormones. Plus, the emotions and stress of an unplanned pregnancy can add to your moodiness so it’s no wonder that you are feeling fine one minute, sobbing the next, or angry over something tiny.
Typically though, most pregnant women will feel their moodiest during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. You usually get a little bit of relief during the second trimester. (Notice the words typically and moody in those sentences! It’s not always – you may still feel some moodiness!)
So, how can you deal with these mood swings?
- Managing stress is a big key to combating moodiness. Although, I know that during an unplanned pregnancy life can be very stressful anyways, so managing stress can be difficult, but try to do little things like not letting things pile up on you, don’t sweat the small stuff, and talk about your emotions and feelings if you happened to be feeling especially stressed at the moment.
- Try to take care of yourself by eating properly, getting enough sleep, etc. When you are feeling your best physically, you may not seem quite as moody, but if you are feeling poorly, you may notice that the mood swings are more frequent and come on quicker.
- Do something that makes you feel good such as taking a long nap, watching a movie, etc.
If your mood swings seem to get progressively worse or if they persist for long periods of time, be sure to talk to your doctor about them as some pregnant women can suffer from pregnancy related depression.