While you are probably excited that you’re expecting, you’ve probably noticed a lot of different changes happening within your body. One of the changes that occur shortly after you conceive is that your body begins to produce different levels of progesterone and estrogen.
While you may think that this won’t have an effect on you, you’re wrong…it does. Perhaps you’ve noticed that you’ve been a little bit more on edge lately lacking patience and have been a little snappy? Yes, these hormone changes will cause you to experience mood swings.
Pregnancy mood swings happen to everyone who has ever been pregnant, so don’t be concerned that this side effect is serious – it’s completely normal. You’ll most likely experience a change in moods during the early stages of your first trimester which can last until about 10 weeks or so and then again in the third trimester as you get closer to your due date. While there isn’t anything you can do to stop the hormone changes or prevent your mood swings, there are things you can do that will help you deal with your moodiness.
Find Ways to Relieve Stress
One of the best ways to help reduce your mood swings during pregnancy is to find ways to relieve your stress. Things like taking a hot bath, going on a walk, finding some quiet time to read a book or going to the movies with your husband or a friend will all help lower your stress level. When your stress level is reduced, you will find that you mood will get better.
I know that taking naps seems like a juvenile thing to do, but when you’re pregnant your body is going to naturally get tired easier. And, just like with young children, when we are tired we tend to get cranky. Therefore, if you feel that you’re beginning to lose your patience or are just feeling irritable, it may be beneficial to take a nap if possible.
If you are one who regularly works out and has just found out that you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t stop exercising – unless your doctor tells you otherwise. There are a couple of reasons for this including maintaining a healthy pregnancy weight and increasing your happiness.
Many people find that working out makes them feel better and also gives them an extra burst of energy. Therefore, keep going to your aerobics class during pregnancy – you’ll be happier and less moody. If you aren’t one who works out, then you can still take walks or sign up for a yoga class as these are light activities that the majority of pregnant women can do.
Everyone loves to get a massage and you can still get them even when you are pregnant. So, don’t be afraid to schedule one as the benefits are two-fold. They feel amazing and will wipe away all the tension in your body and brighten your day!