How to Deal With Mood Swings During Pregnancy

Pregnancy mood swings (Photo credit: lifemartini)
Pregnancy mood swings (Photo credit: lifemartini)
Pregnancy mood swings (Photo credit: lifemartini)
Pregnancy mood swings (Photo credit: lifemartini)

During pregnancy it is very common to experience bad mood. In fact, it is pregnancy and menopause that cause the most mood swings over all else. The reason for both situations is that the neurotransmitters in your brain begin to change and dole out different and unusual levels of hormones. For the most part it is the hormonal imbalance’s that cause these bad mood; sometimes though it is just pure irritability from being big, hot and uncomfortable.

Being pregnant can be a time of stress and overwhelming feelings. One day you may be extremely happy and the next you may feel very down. The worries of becoming a parent are enough to make anyone moody! It is indeed a scary experience; but a joyful one at the same time. So, now that you know your feelings are normal, take the following tips into consideration while you are waiting to become a new mum.

Tip 1: Relax as much as possible. I know how stressful it can be to prepare for a new addition. However, resist any urges you have to get as many tasks completed before the baby arrives. You do not have to get everything done at one time and trying to do so can cause those mood swings to erupt. So, listen to your body and mind and take it easy when you need to. The chores will still be there after you get some rest and me time.

Tip 2: If you find that you are having more and more bad mood day, try something that is meant for relaxation. Try meditation or yoga. Try taking a walk or laying back to listen to your favourite soothing music. Relaxing is the best way to avert those mood swings and make you feel better overall.

Tip 3: Talk to your spouse, friends and family about the way you are feeling. Sometimes simply saying out loud how you fell is enough to make things better. Your mood swings can also be stressful and confusing to your loved ones and talking about them can help everyone understand and support you better during this trying time. Joining a new mum group can also be helpful as you are not the only mum going through these horrible feelings. Sharing experiences and advice can make it to where you do not feel so alone in what you are going through.

Tip 4: If you simply cannot get past the way you feel and they seem to be getting more severe, it may be time to discuss this with your doctor. For some women, what are seemingly normal pregnancy mood swings can be connected to more serious conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or a number of other illnesses.

The main thing is to take care of you. If you feel that there is something you need in order to feel better than do it. While it is important to think of others in your life, it is more important to make sure that you are OK; especially during pregnancy.

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