What Causes Mood Changes During Pregnancy?
Changes in your body will ultimately affect your mood. Such are:
- Your body has a boost of estrogen and progesterone between week 6 and week 10 of pregnancy causing a seesaw of moods.
- Erratic moods can also be caused by the big change that having a baby signifies. Feelings of anxiety can also cause mood swings.
- Stress that could be caused by morning sickness or physical changes/ discomforts could rob you of enough rest and can also affect your moods.
What Am I Feeling?
Common moods during pregnancy include:
- Shift between high energy and depression
- Absent mindedness
- Irritability and anger
- Becoming overly clean or perfect
- Extreme happiness
How to Deal with Mood Swings During Pregnancy
- Stay as healthy as possible, eat the right foods and try to get enough rest.
- Exercise is the best cure for erratic moods, aim to do moderate exercise for at least 30min.
- Get help from your doctor especially about feelings of depression that are persistent or last for several days.
- Take care of yourself and engage in hobbies and activities that will keep you happy like watching a movie
- Get spiritual and incorporate activities like yoga, meditation and prayer into your daily routine.
- Spend time with your partner if helps.
- Try to avoid isolation and seek out friends who will give you company.
What to Do when Your Partner Has Mood Swings
Men with expectant partners can also help in the management of mood swings. Following this guide can help you to achieve this.
- Patience is key. Always know that these moods might blow over as the pregnancy advances.
- Create bonding time between you and her, short walks outside can be great for this
- Take time out with friends to recharge your batteries, go watch football or rugby.
- Avoid unnecessary arguments that can escalate into full-blown rage
- Take her out to her favourite places.
- Do not take anything personally. Understand that it may not be her intention to be mean to you. Understanding and reading widely on the changes that she is going through might help you to cope with this.
Erratic moods always get better, and if they don’t improve or are becoming too strong always seek out the advice of your doctor.
Please note that development differs from one child to another. Content intended for educational purposes only, and not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.
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Last reviewed April 2019