Welcome to the mysterious world of pregnancy hormones — and pregnancy mood swings. Pregnancy is a very exciting time where you as a mummy will be undergoing many different experiences – of which altering moods are inevitable apart. The same hormones which are hard at work to nurture the life growing inside you can also take control of your mind, and make you somewhat irrational at times.
Ask any pregnant women if she had experienced pregnancy mood swings, and the answer will mostly be a resounding, “Yes!” You can go from feeling ecstatically happy to crying over a silly television commercial. If you find that your moods are difficult to keep track of from moment to moment, you need not worry. Pregnancy mood swings are completely natural part of expecting. It is especially common during the first trimester, when morning sickness and increasing fatigue can play havoc on your already frazzled nerves.
Pregnancy hormones at play
Are you snapping at your partner one moment, while wanting to smother him with hugs the next? Or have you recently laughed and cried at the same time? These are typical examples of pregnancy hormones — and pregnancy mood swings, by extension — at play.
While every woman is unique with her own ways of coping with her environment and stresses, the experience and symptoms of mood swings will greatly differ between individuals. Not all women will be cranky or irate, but many will at least experience some of the symptoms to an extent.
Common symptoms of pregnancy mood swings can include;
- Sadness or mild depression
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Lack of motivation
- Elevated stress levels
- Lack of patience
- Unexplained and extreme moods
- Increasing worries about your pregnancy and parenthood
These are by no means the only symptoms – premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and pregnancy are similar in many way — but they do guarantee an emotional roller coaster ride.
Cause behind pregnancy mood swings
Find out why you have such diverse moods on the next page…