Pregnancy and Your Mood
Mood swings are a normal part of life for many folks. Any number of situations can cause mood swings, from stress to mental illness to side effects from certain medications. You can’t entirely avoid mood swings. In some ways, they’re a normal part of what it means to be human. During pregnancy, many women experience a greater degree of mood swings and general mood instability than they might otherwise experience, as well. While not every woman has pregnancy mood swings, many do.
There are a couple of different reasons for pregnancy mood swings. First of all, you can’t ignore the vast changes happening to a woman’s body during pregnancy. Some of these changes are hormonal. The production of the various hormones ebbs and flows during pregnancy, and this can have a significant impact on a woman’s mood.
There are other things going on, as well. Pregnancy is a time when a woman may feel a great deal of pressure. The impending process of labor and delivery can be stressful, to say nothing of the prospect of becoming a parent. The major life change that takes place following pregnancy is enough to make anyone feel more than just a little bit stressed.
Couple that stress level with the sheer joy and excitement at the prospect of becoming a parent, and it’s easy to see how a woman’s mood can be somewhat like an amusement park roller coaster. For many women, this up and down in mood is a normal part of pregnancy.
The fact of the matter is that many men also experience mood swings during their partner’s pregnancy for many of the same reasons. While they may not be undergoing hormonal changes, they are going through major life changes, and ones that have a huge impact on their psyche.
The main thing to remember with pregnancy mood swings is that they pass. If you’re experiencing severe mood swings or show signs of depression, it’s important to speak with your health care provider. When left unchecked, depression can cause some serious problems for both you and your baby.