Mood swings during Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a beautiful phase of life, about which a married women is excited in her life. Although, every Pregnancy is different, the feelings and experience differ for every woman but there are many symptoms which are common almost for all. Pregnancy time period i.e. those 9 months are beautiful for many but for some they are quite challenging, they experiences quite hiccups along the way. If you are Pregnant or supporting someone who is Pregnant, you will find one of common symptoms almost in every Pregnancy are mood swings. At first, you might feel excited about being Pregnant but as time flies, you might also feel stressed or be overwhelmed, some of the very common questions which keeps on popping in your mind like which creates Mood swings during Pregnancy.
How my baby will look?
Will my baby be healthy?
Will I be a good parent?
How I am going to manage financially?
Am I eating right?
Will I be good first time mom.
Am I doing right things to prepare for my baby? Etc.etc
Pregnancy : phase of memories in every woman life.
For every woman, Pregnancy is a life changing event full of physical and emotional changes. Pregnancy has a powerful effect on emotions, every woman goes through a roller coaster of emotions, resulting in several mood swings. Basically, because of the fluctuating progesterone and estrogen levels, a Pregnant lady witness infamous mood swings. They might sometimes involuntarily cry watching at silly things or sometimes may be without any reason. You may even find them watching cartoon all the time or singing childish songs. They might be sometimes very happy and sometimes will be sad without reason. Some of them might desire to have something or to go at any particular place and might sometime crave for having different dishes. If the wishes of a pregnant lady are fulfilled, she will definitely be happy but in-case if you are not able to fulfill her wish, She will be sad or might even start crying and at extreme point she might even turn violent. Discussing about the mood swings of a Pregnant lady, I think it is very difficult to figure out How and why do mood swings happen…? But still in my further blog I tried my best to share some necessary points about mood swings in Pregnant woman.
Some typical Reasons responsible for mood swings during Pregnancy.
Talking about this topic is a bit challenging task, since every pregnancy is different but still there are few commons reasons like:
Physical stress or fatique–
This is one of the common reason causing mood swings since every pregnant woman is concerned about the future of the baby, about baby’s health, about delivery etc. such things causes a fluctuation in their hormones and can in turn affect their mood. Mood swings during Pregnancy is phenomena which happens in every women in different way.
Common health changes–
There are other common changes through which the body of a pregnant woman goes through like heartburn, frequent urination, body or back pain, weakness etc. such changes also puts an adverse effect on their mood.
Change in Hormonal level-
Changes in the hormones known as Progesterone and Estrogen effects the mood of the Pregnant woman. These hormonal changes affects the neurotransmitters in their brain thus causes the increase and decrease in the amount of these transmitters. Such changes causes anxiety, grumpiness or irritation sometimes.
When do mood swings occur in Pregnancy?
Women usually experience mood swings during the first and third trimester of their Pregnancy. Some might even witness mood swings at every stage, so let’s see how does actually they face in all the three trimesters?
Mood swing during First Trimester–
This is the initial phase of Pregnancy, since the body and mind takes time to accept the changes occurring in the body, especially for the women getting Pregnant for the first time. Mood swings during first trimester are quite common and almost every women experiences this, some being aware about it or some are unaware. Morning sickness, vomiting, anxiety, giddiness etc all come together for many and need to be handle with care.
Mood swing during Second Trimester–
Second Trimester is said to be calmest and the best time period of every Pregnancy. This is the time when a pregnant woman can enjoy her pregnancyto the fullest. They hardly faces any mood swings if they are happy and in cheerful and peaceful surrounding.
Mood swing during Third trimester
This is said to be peak and a challenging phase of every Pregnancy. At this stage the body of a pregnant lady goes through many changes, they face a lot of problem in doing their daily activity especially while sleeping. They experiences heartburn and insomnia and gets tired easily. This is the
Now, the question arise, are Pregnancy mood swings normal?
Yes, in majority of the cases the mood swings during Pregnancy are normal and should not be worried about unless you experience it continuously for many days. First of all, it is important for every Pregnant woman to accept the fact that they are not alone who experiences mood swings and thus should try to find ways to come out from them. If you are planning Pregnancy or u get Pregnant you should accept the fact that mood swing are just another aspect of Pregnancy. Sometimes knowing the facts of when and why you are experiencing mood swing, can help to cope up with this problem.
When should you take Professional help?
Being aware about the fact that the mood swing are common during the First and Third Trimester of Pregnancy, a Pregnant woman must be mentally prepared for it but still if mood swings lasts more than 3-4 days and affects your health, you should concern your doctor or to a health care provider and try to find out the reasons to come out of it. In many cases it is found Pregnant Woman suffering from stress and depression experiencing more mood swings.
So, following is the list which includes several ways to manage stress level during Pregnancy:
Drink plenty of water.
Eat well and healthy.
Take a nap.
Go for a walk.
Talk frequent breaks from work to relax.
Get plenty of sleep.
Get a stress-relieving massage.
Do what you like to do in your free time to entertain yourself.
Try to leave her in pleasant environment and with positive people, etc.
At the end, here are few suggestions to cope up with mood swings during Pregnancy:
First of all, it is important to accept the fact that you are not alone who experiences the mood swing during pregnancy. It is basically a normal phenomenon, may be it differs from case to case. But if in your case if you experience frequent mood swing, it will definitely cause an alarm for your near and dear ones, to take proper care of you. I feel, the period of Pregnancy is not only meant for the mother, the responsibility lies on the shoulders of both the spouses. Even it is the responsibility of the relatives coming in contact with the mother, to create a positive environment and understand about her likes and dislikes. At last, one thing should be kept in mind that a pregnant lady should take good care of herself, should thing positive, should not take stress and try to enjoy every moment of her pregnancy because at that particular moment she is the priority. In a few years, you might forget about this but when you will look back you will miss them greatly.
Ps :This was my personal experience which i shared if you have any ideas or tips please add in the comments below.
Yes, you are right. Most pregnant ladies have to face those mood swings. It is quite normal but if one is suffering a lot from this, should definitely consult with your doctor.
Mood swings are a reality during pregnancy and the factors are many like you pointed out. Those are some good pointers to keep them at bay.
Mood swings were really bad ones during my pregnancy. Keeping them at bay do need to live stress free and the tips you shared worked well with me too
I have so much of mood swings during both times in my pregnancy..hope I have read this before to have stress less pregnancy time
I can resonate with this post, Mood swings with so many things happening with the body is all natural. I still have it even when my kid is 4 years old. haha
Mood swings during pregnancy are actually very tedious. But there are many many to avoid them or lower them as you suggested.
Moong swings and taste swings are too common in pregnancy because of the flush or hormones. you have put it so well here, Great post Sneha
This post will definitely help out a lot of soon-to-be-moms and those who are planning to become a mother.
I am glad that I survived the mood swings during both my pregnancies. This phase is sweet yet challenging for a woman. Quite a detailed post I must say.
Mood swings are very common especially in 3rd trimester because of the baby growing rapidly at this stage. Definitely reccomend seeing a doctor in case the mood swings last longer or are severe
Ah..tell me about it! I used to have severe mood swings during my first pregnancy and my husband used to just wonder what really happened!! LoL!!!
I can totally understand that, I had really bad mood swings and these are some of the good tips to handle
It can be difficult when you have mood swings. I thankfully never faced that when i was expecting.
Hormones can be so weird. I feel that was behind my mood swings .Much needed post.
Currently I am on my third trimester and your points are so related to me. Handling the mood swings during pregnancy is a challenge I will say.
Brilliant and informative post. Mood swing during pregnancy is very common ,isl all because of hormonal changes. This post is really a good guide for all new moms.
Not many people realize that mood swings are a part of pregnancy. This post is definitely helpful for would be parents, especially in a nuclear setup where both the partners might not be aware of such nuances.
you took me down the memory lane… I used to get those severe bouts of anxiety as well i remember
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