Emotional Ups and Downs

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Whilst pregnancy is a time of joy for most people, the hormonal changes you experience can lead to an overabundance of all types of emotions. While many people do not suffer the same emotional rollercoaster that others do, some people can feel that their emotions are completely out of control. What is important here is to understand what is normal when it comes to your emotional health during pregnancy and to understand how your mood can affect your pregnancy. This can be a both joyous and stressful time. Remember that if you do have any questions, or concerns to consult your medical specialist.

Double Bracket: Mood swings are a completely normal part of pregnancy, however if you have a history of anxiety or depression keep an eye on them and consult your doctor if you feel too overwhelmed.

Hormonal changes are perfectly natural and in fact essential in pregnancy, however they can bring unwelcome side effects such as morning sickness and emotional ups and downs leading to mood swings throughout the day.  It is said that rest can help ease these symptoms however rest is often impractical with a busy life. It is not at all unusual to feel overwhelmed when you are pregnant, which is completely understandable considering the natural anxiety which can accompany the excitement of pregnancy as well as increasing tiredness and struggle to achieve the tasks of everyday life as your pregnancy progresses and slows you down.

It is usual in pregnancy to experience the feeling of being happy one minute and the next minute you may be yelling at your partner for something that normally does not bother you. You may find that people are walking around on eggshells around you as to not upset you, which only makes you more upset. If you find this is a problem, there are things that you can do in order to help you manage your moods. One thing you can do is to practice meditation. The benefits of meditation cannot be understated. Even if you are not pregnant, meditation can help you relieve stress and help to improve your mood.

Exercise is another great thing to do when you are pregnant to help improve your mood because it will help increase your endorphins. As you are pregnant, you should discuss with your medical professional to determine which exercise options are safe for you to do. This will help you not only improve your mood, but brings other benefits to help you have a healthy pregnancy.


Your emotional health is just as important while you are pregnant as it is normally. Although you are more likely at this time to experience emotional ups and downs it is important to remember that if you have any severe feelings of depression and hopelessness, you need to talk to your doctor. Having a baby is a life changing experience and it will bring stress and anxiety. Understanding how to handle your emotions will help you make it through the emotional ride in one piece.

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