The Mayo Clinic lists the early signs of pregnancy. Symptoms include a missed period, tender breasts, fatigue, nausea, and, yes, moodiness. Even though mood swings are a typical pregnancy experience, that doesn’t make them any easier. Concentrate on coping with proper sleep and diet, physical activity, and other techniques.
What Does It Mean to Be Moody?
When someone is moody, they experience unpredictable changes in their feelings or behavior. Mood swings can go from happy to gloomy quickly. They can be depressed at one moment and cheery the next.
What Causes Pregnancy Mood Swings?
When you become pregnant, your body is flooded with hormones such as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), progesterone, and estrogen. The American Pregnancy Association states that significant changes in your hormone levels can affect your brain chemicals that regulate mood.
The good news is mood swings usually only occur around your 6th to 10th week of pregnancy and again at the very end. Women worry about having a healthy baby, giving birth, and knowing what to do after birth.
Is There Anything I Can Do?
Mood swings are common during pregnancy and even after giving birth, known as postpartum depression, affecting about one in seven women. The following are a few things you can do to help with the moodiness:
- Get plenty of sleep and try and find time during the day to rest
- Get regular physical activity, such as taking a walk
- Eat well and avoid caffeine, sugar, and artificial additives
- Get a massage
- Try pregnancy yoga classes or meditation
- Taking Vitamin B6
My Pregnancy Is Unplanned. What Should I Do?
If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy, you need to talk with someone about your options.
Here at A Gift of Hope Adoptions, we can discuss your parenting choice, including placing your baby for adoption.
Pregnancy is stressful no matter your situation, but if you were not planning on being pregnant, you are probably experiencing more emotional tension than others. You don’t have to face this alone. Our counselors are available to review your situation and help you make the best choice for your future.
This blog is for informational purposes only. This is not legal or medical advice. While we try our best to reflect current laws with accuracy at the time of writing, please note the laws can change over time.