Roosha is unable to understand why she is having emotional changes frequently. In a moment she feels like crying the next moment she feels happy. She is happy that she has conceived but is worried how to manage her mood swings. Now she understands that emotional problems are quite common during pregnancy but one has to remain prepared for the same before it becomes a serious issue.
Dreams during Pregnancy
During pregnancy, would-be mothers may get some strange dreams. She may get dreams at various stages of pregnancy. The very common dream that would-be mothers have during 1st trimester of pregnancy is losing the baby. Such anxiety is normal and need not to be worried about. During 2nd and 3rd trimester dreams could be there about arrival of the baby and about the labour.
Mood Swings during Pregnancy
Sudden change in mood is very common during pregnancy. Due to changes in hormones, neurotransmitter level is affected which is responsible for regulating mood. It is important that would-be mothers consider these experiences as normal and this will help them to feel much relaxed.
If sudden changes of mood remains for longer period and it do not go off automatically, doctor’s advice is suggested because mood swings can also be the signs of other physical problems like anaemia, hyperthyroidism, and gestational diabetes. Prolonged period of mood swings can also be symptoms of acute depression which has to be treated immediately.
Depression during Pregnancy
Depression is also very common issue during pregnancy which goes off on its own after the child birth. Some of the symptoms of depression are
Lack of concentration for prolonged period
Changes of eating habits
Loss of memory
Depression for a short period of time is acceptable during pregnancy and there is not much to worry about it but if these symptoms remain there for longer time period, professional help must be taken.
What Causes Emotional changes During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy period and even after the childbirth, many hormonal changes happen in the body of a woman which has direct relationship on emotions. During the first trimester of pregnancy, hormones like Progesterone and Oestrogen increase significantly in the body of a pregnant woman.
Different types of Emotional Feelings during Pregnancy
Let us take a look at different types of emotions that are experienced during pregnancy.
The news of pregnancy may come as a surprise to many. Some take it in a positive way and start preparing for the event while others may react spontaneously as they were unprepared for the pregnancy. Going through books, websites and even talking to the doctors and other experienced people would help in handling such situation.
When pregnancy is planned and wanted, it becomes a matter of joy. Many women like to take photos and keep other related documents to remind them of their pregnancy days.
Feeling angry frequently is a normal feeling during pregnancy. Women may get angry thinking that they have lost their freedom. Feeling of insecurity also leads to many pregnant women to react angrily.
Getting the fear of disabled or sick baby or the fear of childbirth is very common in pregnant women. It is better to talk to the doctor or midwife about the fear and enjoy pregnancy.
The presence of hormone oxytocin is responsible for the feeling of love in would-be mothers and it helps in creating the bondage between the newborn and its mother.
How to Deal with Emotions during Pregnancy?
Following are the ways to deal different emotional feelings during pregnancy:
Regular physical activity - as advised by obstetrician and performed under expert’s supervision.
Exercises - as advised by obstetrician and performed under expert’s supervision.
Timely eating habits
Spending quality time with the partner
Going for meditation and yoga classes under certified trainers
Going for massage by a certified masseur and after seeking approval of your obstetrician
Getting professional help if any of these above solutions fail
Emotional changes in pregnant women are manageable as long as they do not happen for prolonged period. Having safe and sound mental health during pregnancy is important for mother and baby both.
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