Mood Swings While Pregnant

During pregnancy, because of hormonal imbalance, the major change occurring in behavior of a would-be-mom is the mood swings. At one point of time, she feels exhilarated, and at the next second, she feels deeply depressed. The people around her are also influenced, since her mood can dampen their spirits as well. To deal with the outbursts of anger, sadness and almost hyperactive activity, a considerable effort must be taken by all the people involved.

Usually, mood swings start from the first trimester as the  hormone levels start rising. They can level off during the second trimester, but tend to come back in full force during the third trimester, as the impending labor draws comes near. For those who are becoming mothers for the first time, the thought of labor and being completely in charge of another human being’s survival and happiness can cause fear and terror.

One must try to understand that it is normal to experience mood swings during pregnancy and include different methods to manage the levels of stress. This can be done by taking enough  sleep, eat right amount of balanced food, taking naps and breaks during the day, going for walks or indulging in any creative and relaxing activity, joining yoga or prenatal classes for pregnant women. One can discuss these similar problems and interests with other pregnant women, so as to feel better. Get a massage to relax and the most important aspect, not to harden oneself and try to seek the help of others while managing the household chores or at work.

It is the responsibility of the partner to support and understand the mood swings during pregnancy. This is possible by making the wife happy and not demanding too much from her during this period. The husband must be sensitive and positive in helping her adjust to the early discomforts experienced by her.  Avoid panicking along with her and let her know that she is not alone.

If mood swings last for more than two weeks, or if they become unusually frequent, it is always preferred to take the help of a doctor. Many of the symptoms found with mood swings are similar to the symptoms found in depression. Some of the signs of depression include the following:

  • Recurrent anxiety and increased irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Change in eating habits
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in normal activities