Pregnancy and mood swings: explained by a gynecologist


Did you insult your partner when he forgot to buy food? Are you angry about the high volume of the TV? Feeling irritated for no reason? Well, mood swings are common during pregnancy. We chat with Dr. Pratima Thamke, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Maternity hospital in Kharghar to know the various signs of those sudden changes and how to deal with them during pregnancy and this is what he had to say.

The mood swings before pregnancy are almost the same as before menstruation. Yes, that is correct! In one moment when you are feeling happy, at the other moment you may be angry, sad, frustrated, or irritated. Pregnancy can be stressful, challenging, and overwhelming, and a sudden change in mood is common. However, their behavior will annoy you. You can criticize others with insignificant things. But you need to be calm as this is part of the pregnancy. Other questions such as “What will the pregnancy journey be like?”, “Will I be able to manage?”, “Will I have time for my baby?”, “Will my baby be healthy?” It can also make you tense.

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Mood swings during pregnancy

Causes of mood swings during pregnancy.

You will be surprised to learn that the emotional roller coaster can be due to hormonal fluctuation. During pregnancy, there is an increase in estrogen and progesterone, which can trigger mood swings and other unpleasant side effects like nausea and fatigue. Therefore, you will be in a bad mood, depressed and tense. There will be rapid breathing, palpitations, changes in eating and sleeping habits, panic situations, a feeling of fear. Mood swings can also be attributed to physical stress, fatigue, changes in metabolism, and progesterone levels. Therefore, a major change in hormone levels can affect your level of neurotransmitters, which are brain chemicals that regulate mood. Mood swings are mostly experienced during the first trimester between 6 and 10 weeks and also in the third trimester when your body prepares for birth.

How to overcome mood swings during pregnancy?

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Pregnant woman experiencing mood swings

1. Accept it

You will have to accept that mood swings are normal and stay calm about it.

2. Try to keep your composure

You don’t need to get bogged down with feelings. Just take it easy, get an extra hour of sleep, treat yourself to a prenatal massage or manicure, opt for a prenatal exercise class or plan a romantic dinner for two at your favorite restaurant, do the activities you like. Avoid snapping or getting frustrated with other family members. Talk to your partner about the joys, fears, and things that bother you. Doing so will help you overcome all problems. Join a support group and talk with other expectant moms.

3. Eat a well balanced diet

It must include all the essential nutrients in the diet. Try to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lentils, beans, and legumes. Say no to fatty, junk, processed and canned foods. Try to eat smaller meals and include protein and complex carbohydrates, such as a cheese bar and a handful of trail mix. Eating a sugary treat like chocolate can improve your mood and then cause a sharp drop in blood sugar levels leaving you lethargic.

4. Exercise

Try to stay stress-free by doing yoga, meditation, walking, and other light exercises recommended by your doctor. Exercise can help you stay stress-free and calm down. Try to follow your hobbies. Don’t overdo it and avoid being hard on yourself.

5. Don’t miss the follow-ups

Regular screening tests will help you learn about your baby’s health. This will end all your worries about the baby.

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