What Leads to Mood Swings?
These days, the
expectations for parents are set so high, that the pressure starts long before
the baby is born. Constant worries that are very common in pregnancy will
contribute to your mood
- Will you be a good parent?
- How will you manage financially?
- Will your baby be healthy?
- Are you preparing yourself the right way for your baby?
- Whether your relationship with your child will affect that with your partner?
- Are you fattening up too much and getting and is your partner finding you unattractive?
Apart from these worries,
is a time of tremendous changes when your hormone levels also change as
estrogen and progesterone levels increase. This can affect your level of
neurotransmitters that regulate mood, making you tearful or easily irritated.
Finally, the physical
stress like heartburn, morning sickness, fatigue, and feeling like going to the
loo repetitively, etc. may take your emotions on a roller-coaster ride where
you will feel that you have no control on your body, thus contributing to mood
When Do Mood Swings
Mood changes during pregnancy mostly occur during the first
trimester between 6 and 10 weeks as your body starts changing, then it eases
during the second trimester, but again rises in third trimester as you prepare yourself for childbirth.
How to Control Mood
There are ways to control your mood swings even most of your
moodiness will be hormonally driven.
Take It Easy
Keep yourself in the top of the to-do list and stop over-timing
in reorganising all the closets, decorating the nursery walls, or shopping for your baby needs. Do not take any
such stress single-handed and resist the urge to finish all the chores before
your maternity leave.
Pampering yourself is
more important that any of these. Do something that makes you feel happy be it
with your partner or alone. Do something that you want. Make time for fun with
your partner, friends, and family.
Bond with Your Partner
Make sure you are spending enough of time with your partner.
Make him feel and reassure that you still love him. Go on a vacation with him.
Nurture your relationship with him so that you guys can be there for each other
even after the newborn has arrived. If you are single, strengthen your bond
with your parents and friends.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Take naps whenever you can. Get plenty of rest, go for a
holiday, and take your maternity leave earlier so that you can prepare well for
Exercise It Out
Exercise is always a mood-lifter. Do some prenatal exercises. Engage yourself in yoga and meditation. Go for a swim or
walk in the fresh air.
Talk It Out
Share your worries
with understanding friends or other parents and learn how to cope stress. You
can also talk to your general practitioner or doctor to dissipate your worries.
Fantasies let you glimpse the euphoria that you will feel
when you first lay eyes on your newborn, so dream on.
If your mood swings last more than two weeks and get crucial, you
speak with your healthcare provider about options for dealing with it or for a
referral to a counselor.
Remember, pregnancy is a life-changing event.
You are bound to feel overwhelmed, irritable, anxious, angry, and depressed at
times, even if you have been waiting for the baby for a long. So give yourself
a break and enjoy the time!