Everyone enquires about the health of a pregnant woman. However, when doing so, they are mainly concerned about how she is coping with the physical changes brought about by pregnancy. Rarely does one look at the emotional aspect.
Mothers-to-be often find themselves caught up in a storm of pregnancy mood swings – fear, anxiety, irritation, pain, hope, excitement and happiness. This emotional instability is absolutely normal to pregnancy, but somehow it doesn’t fit into your life.
Even though he doesn’t show it, your husband is affected by your cranky behavior. Off lately, the smallest things make you emotional. Is there any way to take control of your mood and prevent it from affecting your near and dear ones? Yes, there is. We have listed 6 ways to manage mood swings. But, before that, let’s take a look at the causes of this emotional upheaval.
Why pregnancy mood swings?
Blame it on the swelling hormones. Hormones are the culprits for most of the not-so-pleasant symptoms experienced by pregnant women. The fluctuations in the levels of hormones influence neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers of the brain. This imbalance affects emotional stability.
Pregnancy is a stressful phase. Women may feel overexcited at the thought of giving birth to a new life. Some women are worried about not being able to cope with the responsibilities of motherhood. You may be concerned about your baby’s health or the toll it would take on your relationship and family. You may also get depressed and anxious by the varied pregnancy symptoms. You feel unattractive. All these concerns cause emotional upswings and downswings.
The problem of mood swings commences during the first trimester. It subsides with the onset of the second trimester and returns during the homestretch of pregnancy.
Tips to Manage Pregnancy Mood Swings
Shrug off the concerns
We agree that there are many things playing on your mind – your life, baby’s health, relationship, family, work, finances, etc. But the best is to let go. No one is a born mother. Everyone learns gradually through trial and error. When the time comes, everything automatically falls into place. So, let go. Pamper yourself and enjoy your pregnancy.
Bond with your hubby
Unless they are aware of it, men find it difficult to understand the change in their wife’s behavior. However, this communication gap can be bridged by sharing your emotions and feelings with him. Instead of getting upset by your behavior, he will understand you better and support you when you don’t feel up to anything. There are other things you can do to nurture your relationship and prepare together for the baby- take a vacation, have dinner together, exercise together and attend prenatal classes together.
A friend as a confidant
Friends and family are great support systems too. You can share your concerns with a close friend or a family member – your mother or sister. It helps relieve the anxiety associated with pregnancy and parenting.
Cultivate a hobby
Most expectant women find that indulging in something that interests them is a great way to beat moodiness. You could spend time alone or as a couple.
Allowing stress and anxiety to build-up is not a healthy option. You should vent it out. How? Practice yoga and meditation. Eat well, sleep well, relax and unwind. Talk it out to others. Join a support group where you can discuss your concerns.
Seek professional help
Often, the anxiety during pregnancy could be a preexisting condition such a mood disorder, or it may be pregnancy-induced depression. In this case, you may need professional help. Speak to your practitioner. He may refer you to a professional counselor.