Mood changes during pregnancy can be caused by physical stresses, fatigues changes in your metabolism, or by the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Significant changes in your 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 to 10 weeks and then again in the third trimester as your body prepares for birth.
Being irritable is totally normal. A lot of pregnant women get irritated easily even by things that won’t irritate them on a normal day.
It is important to understand you are not alone; mood swings are just another aspect of the pregnancy experience. Knowing that what you are experiencing is normal and somewhat expected may help you cope.
The following list includes ways to manage your stress level:
If your mood swings last more than two weeks and do not seem to get better, you may want to ask your health care provider for a referral to a counselor. Millions of pregnant women are affected by this every year and it is most prevalent in women during childbearing years but can occur at any age.
Some symptoms of depression include:
If your mood swings become more frequent and intense, it is crucial that you speak with your health care provider about options for dealing with severe mood swings, anxiety or depression.