Hormones go cuckoo in pregnancy. One moment you will snap at someone and in another moment you want to hug them. Crying and laughing at the same time? It’s time to monitor your moods closely to understand if you are anxious or sad about something.
Especially during your first trimester, the levels of hormones like estrogen and progesterone in your body change dramatically, which has a significant effect on brain chemistry. You could also be anxious and worried about the health of their unborn child, the pregnancy, finances and your ability to parent, etc.
While its critical to always consult your doctor, most people benefit from stress-reduction classes or couples counselling. You can also try prenatal yoga, meditation and exercise and eating healthy always helps. Sometimes a drop-in blood sugar levels can also increase your mood swings.
Always involve your partner and share as much information on how you are feeling with them. This ensures that both the partners are informed and watchful during the pregnancy for any signs of depression.
Mood swings are usually the most pronounced during the first trimester and mostly settled down in the second and third trimesters. However, you can still expect to be riding the emotional roller coaster with your partner, which will continue to take her to emotional highs and lows (and fuel those occasional outbursts) right up until delivery and beyond.
Key tips to managing mood swings:
1. Exercising is especially helpful as it releases endorphins which are mood enhancers and help in a big way to keep happy and healthy
2. Talk it through
3. Find support and advice from fellow mums-to-be
4. Lean on your partner, friends and family for support
5. Get plenty of rest
6. If you’re working, talk things over with your boss to take more breaks
7. Have fun
8. Stop feeling guilty and celebrate your pregnancy
SCIO MOM TIP The key to surviving mood swings is patience. Know that the pregnancy won’t last forever and there’s a baby at the end of the tunnel. Its important to remember that the swings are not in the control of your partner and sometimes it could be low blood sugar that triggers them.