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Mood Swings During Pregnancy: Your Symptoms Manual


What Mood Swings During Pregnancy Are

Mood swings are rapid, uncharacteristic changes in your mood. You may also have bouts of unexplained crying and anxiety attacks.

Mood swings can occur at any point during your pregnancy, but you're especially prone to them in the third trimester.

Why Mood Swings During Pregnancy Happen

Pregnancy is a hormonal time and the balance of hormones in your body change during pregnancy. This has a depressant effect on the nervous system and you may feel somewhat similar to how you felt right before your period.

You may also be experiencing a bit of an identity crisis and the changes to your body may not be welcome ones. These thoughts will have a profound effect on you when you're pregnant and your mixed feelings about pregnancy and/or parenthood can influence your moods.

How To Relieve Mood Swings During Pregnancy

  • Do something that makes you happy, whether it's reading a book, cooking, going for a walk, getting a massage, or hanging out with friends.
  • Get some exercise.
  • Think positive thoughts.
  • Consider prayer, meditation, tai chi or biofeedback as ways to relax or draw on your inner strengths.
  • Get enough sleep.

Depression, anxiety and confusion are common in most pregnancies. Typically, they're nothing to worry about, but if you have concerns about your feelings, talk to your healthcare provider.

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