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5 Reasons Why Some Women Experience Mood Swings During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, and also a time of tremendous change. It prompts your body to make lots of hormones, some of which can affect your mind and your body. 

Mood swings that happen during pregnancy are a lot like the mood swings that many women experience before their periods. You might feel happy one minute and sad, angry or anxious the next. You may notice that there will be more disputes between you and your partner once you find out that you’re going to be parents.

While your ricocheting moods might make you feel frustrated, these emotional surges are a totally normal, and even expected part of being pregnant, and here are the reasons.

1) Changes in hormone levels

While there are certainly several factors contributing to mood swings, the biggest culprit is a sudden surge in pregnancy hormones, estrogen and progesterone. 

While estrogen is usually associated with energy (and too much of it is associated with nervousness and anxiety). Progesterone is associated with relaxation. But for some women, progesterone makes them “too” relaxed. This can mean fatigue and even sadness.

Now, take together, the anxiety from estrogen and the fatigue from progesterone. So, yes, a sudden swell of estrogen and progesterone is a recipe for the occasional mama meltdown.

2) Fatigue and sleep deprivationImage credit: saatva.com_

It's common to feel tired, or even exhausted, during pregnancy, especially in the first 12 weeks. Hormonal changes at this time can make you feel tired, nauseous and emotional. Lack of sleep can also impair your judgement and impact your physical coordination. 

Studies show people who are sleep deprived report increase in negative moods (anger, frustration, irritability, sadness) and decrease in positive moods. So, not getting enough sleep affects the way you feel, think, work, learn and get along with other people. The only answer is to rest as much as possible.

3) Morning sicknessImage credit: pampers.com_

Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy and is marked by nausea and occasional vomiting, which is often triggered by certain odours, spicy foods, heat, excess salivation or often times, no triggers at all. It is most common during the first few weeks of pregnancy.

Morning sickness causes intense physical symptoms, but it can have major mental and psychological effects as well. With so many inconvenient moments and the stress of racing to find a toilet or empty bag to throw up in can take a toll on your mood over time.

4) Physical changesImage credit: parents.com_

A woman's body undergoes many transformations during the nine months of pregnancy. Some of these physical changes are visible, such as an expanding belly and weight gain, while others are well known, such as an enlarged uterus, constipation, morning sickness and backaches.

So, your changing body could bring you tears of joy or exasperation. Some expecting moms might feel dismayed watching as their bodies become unrecognizable in a matter of weeks, and all these can come with its own set of complicated feelings.

5) Anxiety and StressImage credit: verywellfamily.com_

Some degree of worry is natural during pregnancy. After all, the process may be entirely new for you, or you might be welcoming another child into the mix. You may have also faced situations in the past, like miscarriage, that give you reason for concern.

So, stress about life adjustments and finances might have you feeling an uncontrollable sense of anxiousness, and make you worry excessively about things, especially your health or baby.

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