Pregnant? Feeling crazy? You probably have mood swings. It’s not uncommon to feel rage, sadness, and happiness on thein the same day (or sometimes the same hour!) when you’re pregnant. Causes may range from hormonal changes to lack of sleep and general all-day discomfort.
It’s important to recognize that this is normal, and to take it easy on yourself when emotional outbursts occur. Rest and relaxation—however excessive they might seem compared to your previous non-pregnant lifestyle—are necessary to reset and counter moodiness.
Our number one piece of advice is to ask for help and take frequent breaks. Sit down and put your feet up—about every 15-30 minutes of activity, or when your body gives you signals like muscle or ligament pain. It’s frustrating when you’re trying to get something done, but it’s necessary to put your body first.
If you’re feeling excessively moody, having trouble controlling your emotions, or think your mood swings are causing problems with your marriage or other relationships, you may benefit from mental therapy. Some people find mental therapy helpful in the short-term, until the end of their pregnancy; others prefer to continue well into the postpartum period, particularly those who are at risk for postpartum depression. You and your therapist can decide what’s best for you.
Therapy can help you address feelings of being overwhelmed, as well as deep sorrow or longing for your pre-pregnant life, in a healthy way. If you’re feeling angry, guilty, or frustrated about your relationships—perhaps with your spouse or partner, or lack of support system—therapy can help you feel more secure and empowered.
Pregnancy is a whirlwind adventure for your mind and body, and it can bring as much joy as it can frustration. Know that this period is only a small percentage of your total life span. It too shall pass, and it’s OK to ask for as much help as you can get.