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Mood swings in pregnancy

During pregnancy, it’s quite normal to find that your moods become a bit unpredictable. You may be giggling away one minute, only to be crying for no apparent reason the next. Or perhaps you’ve become easily irritated, and nothing your partner says or does seems to help? Whatever it is you’re feeling, you’re not alone. One of the main reasons for your mood swings is the change in your hormone levels. When you conceive, the amount of oestrogen and progesterone in your blood increases. This helps to prepare your body for pregnancy, but it can also affect your mood, making you feel tearful or easily irritated.

It’s not all about the hormones, though. With so much happening in your life, it’s only natural to find that your moods are changeable. You can suddenly be overwhelmed with excitement about meeting your baby then suddenly wonder what you’ve got yourself into.

Common worries in pregnancy include:

  • whether you’ll be a good parent
  • how having a baby will affect your relationship
  • whether your baby will be born healthy
  • how you’re going to manage financially
  • your changing body, and whether your partner still finds you attractive
  • how you’ll cope with labour and birth

Many women also find themselves becoming more forgetful during pregnancy, which can be frustrating. And it’s hard to stay cheerful all the time when you’re facing the physical side-effects of pregnancy, such as heartburn and morning sickness.With so much going on in your body and your mind, it’s understandable that your emotions are taking a bit of a rollercoaster ride.

Original article: https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a253/mood-swings-in-pregnancy