Yikes! Feeling like you don’t know which one of your personalities is going to appear from hour to hour? Welcome to the mood swings of pregnancy!
Understanding why you are behaving this way may help. Learning coping strategies to make life a little easier for you and your loved ones can take away the stress and worry that come with those pregnancy mood swings.
From anxiety and depression to intense anger, passion, joy, and sadness. What’s a pregnant lady to do?
Reasons why you’re so moody:
- Pregnancy Hormone #1 – HCG, the pregnancy hormone levels double every day during the first ten weeks of your first trimester of pregnancy. This HCG hormone begins the building of the placenta, your baby’s life source.
- Progesterone levels increase dramatically until the placenta can take over, usually the 10-12 weeks of your pregnancy. Progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue, including, the stomach, intestines. So along with your grouchy self comes heartburn, indigestion, constipation, gas, nausea, and fatigue. At this point you may be wondering to yourself, “What have I done? I had no idea making a human could be so miserable!”
- Estrogen, though all-important in the development of your baby can also cause some moms to feel nauseated. It can cause your skin to break out. And you may be hungrier than normal “Great!” You say. You are becoming a fatter, acne ridden, nauseated version of yourself.
What you can do about it:
- Exercise is key in reducing stress and feeling better during pregnancy and being healthier overall. There are many choices. According to SpinningBabies.com:
the best choices are walking, swimming, and prenatal yoga.
- Take naps and get plenty of sleep. Go to bed earlier. Get plenty of “downtime”.
- Spend time with your partner doing things you both enjoy.
- Eat well. The Brewer diet recommends pregnant women should eat 80-100 grams of protein daily. Take prenatal vitamins-New Chapter Perfect Prenatal can be taken on an empty stomach and won’t cause nausea. Start your day with Garden of Life Raw Protein in a blender.
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Add 6-8 oz. of coconut or almond milk, 1 ½ cups of spinach, some frozen fruit. Yum!
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day – at least 64 oz. Start the morning drinking 8 oz. of warm water with 2 TBS of fresh lemon juice. It will help you prevent two pregnancy side effects: constipation and swelling. Invest in a Squatty Potty too to prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.
If you find yourself getting depressed during your pregnancy, it may be time to seek professional help. Discuss it with your doctor or midwife. And you can also find a licensed professional in your local area here. Above all, remember that you are making an entire human! It’s so important to be kind to and to nurture your self. This is an everyday miracle and you and your baby are the number one priority.
This information does not substitute for a care provider-patient relationship and should not be relied on as personal medical advice. Any information should not be acted upon without professional input from one’s own healthcare provider.