By Carolynn Banks
Types of Moods & Thoughts to Expect During Pregnancy
By Carolynn Banks
Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but it can be filled with mixed emotions. Suddenly, everything the mother eats and does affects someone else–this brand-new life growing inside of her. It can be a lot to weigh on someone’s mind, and it is not unusual to experience a wide range of moods during this time.ExcitementThe thought of creating a new life is thrilling. An expectant mother will spend countless hours wondering what her baby will look like. Many moms-to-be look forward to picking out baby clothes and planning the baby’s nursery. Just looking at other people’s babies might send the new mom over the moon thinking about what life will be like once her baby is born.AnxietyWhile having a baby is a joyous event, the months leading up to the big day can be stressful. Unsolicited advice from friends and relatives can make you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. You might also find that every woman you meet who has ever given birth feels compelled to tell you about her difficult and painful labor. Many new mothers also worry about their ability to care for a newborn. Finances can be a concern as well and create stress.IrritabilitySleep deprivation, aches and pains, morning sickness, sciatica and other effects of pregnancy can be physically and mentally exhausting. It might also be difficult for the mom-to-be to accept the changes her body is undergoing at this time. This can cause her to feel frustrated.Mood SwingsMood swings are a normal part of pregnancy. They can be caused by the physical changes a woman undergoes during pregnancy, fatigue or by rising and falling levels of estrogen and progesterone. Changes in hormone levels are most dramatic during the first trimester between weeks six and 10, and during the last few weeks of the third trimester. Getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy and talking about her feelings can help. If the mom-to-be feels overwhelmed by feelings of anger or sadness, she should consult her physician.CopingThere are several things a pregnant woman can do to help feel her best during these nine months. She should maintain good communication with her partner. Keeping her feelings bottled up can increase levels of stress. Talking about her concerns will help her deal with them. Staying healthy is important for both the mother and the child growing inside of her. Getting plenty of sleep, eating wholesome foods and exercising will give her energy. It’s important for the new mom to pamper herself, too. Something as simple as a new haircut, a massage or a manicure can give her a fresh look and help her feel great.ResourcesreferenceAmerican Pregnancy AssociationresourcePregnancy.org
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