Emotions in pregnancy
Having a baby can be one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be stressful. You are experiencing a lot of change, and there may be times when you worry about the future.
If you are struggling with stress and anxiety, there are things you can do to support your emotional health. If you are overwhelmed, do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
If you are concerned about depression or anxiety, talk to your health care provider as soon as you can.
Emotional health during pregnancy
It is common to experience a lot of different emotions during pregnancy.
When you’re pregnant, your body produces many hormones that affect your feelings. As your hormones change, you might notice you feel more:
Usually, these mood swings happen during the first 3 months of pregnancy and then again from the 7th to 9th months.
These times are when many women are most uncomfortable. You might:
- Have difficulty sleeping
- Have difficulty eating
- Experience many physical discomforts, such as nausea, swelling, constipation, or heartburn
It’s common to feel negative when you’re tired, not eating, and uncomfortable.
Many women feel much better during the 4th to 6th months of their pregnancy. If you’re not, you might want to talk to your healthcare provider about your symptoms.
Learn about recognizing the signs of depression and anxiety, which are more intense than the normal mood swings during pregnancy.
Taking care of your emotional health
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can try these strategies to care for your emotional health:
Exercise and eat well to help keep your moods in check
Make sure you are eating enough, and do not skip meals. Drink plenty of water. Keep active with a walk outside or go swimming to make you feel refreshed.
Stay away from stress as much as you can
If certain people or types of situations make you upset, stay away from them as much as you can. Do not take on additional responsibilities at work or in your community. Learn to say "no"--if you have too much to do, it can be stressful.
Find time to relax and rest when you need it
Put your feet up, take a nap or just slow down. Let yourself rest when you are tired.
Accept offers of help from family and friends
It is OK to let people help, and it is OK to ask for help with your work and daily tasks. The most important thing is for you to rest and take care of your body and your stress levels.
Share your thoughts and feelings with others
If you are worried, upset, sad or anxious, talking about it can help. Confide in your partner, a trusted friend or a family member. It is important to talk to your health care provider about your thoughts and feelings.
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