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Managing Your Emotions During Pregnancy

Not every woman experience the same emotions during pregnancy. Even if your pregnancy was planned, you may have interchanging episodes of highs, lows and uncertainty.

Such mood swings can be caused by increased hormones and the fatigue of pregnancy. At times, you may feel tired, forgetful or moody. You may worry about your body, how to manage symptoms, or how different your life is becoming.

Many women fear that their baby will have a problem. Or they may feel anxious about childbirth or that their pregnancy isn’t going well.

Other concerns can come up too. Keeping up with everyday life, finances, and relationships with family and friends are potential sources of confusion or stress.

As you adjust to your changing world, it’s important to understand why things feel different and how to find relief.

Emotional shifts by trimester

Each trimester brings new streams of mind and body sensations.Here are general ways your emotional life many shift along the way:

  • First trimester. Extreme fatigue or morning sickness can color your daily life. Moodiness (as with premenstrual syndrome) is normal. Happiness and anxiety about a new pregnancy, or feeling upset about an unplanned pregnancy, are also common.
  • Second trimester. Fatigue, morning sickness, and moodiness usually improve or go away. You may feel more forgetful and disorganized than before. Looking heavier than normal, then looking visibly pregnant and feeling the baby move, can make you feel any number of emotions.
  • Third trimester. Forgetfulness may continue. As your due date nears, it is common to feel more anxious about the childbirth and how a new baby will change your life. As you feel more tired and uncomfortable, you may be more irritable.

Handling Ups and Downs

Feeling waves of emotion during pregnancy is natural. To keep your stress low, try doing relazation exercises and time management practices at home. Here are a few tips to get started:

Guided imagery

It is possible to feel calm just be imagining it. Guided imagery suggestions:

  • Work with audio recordings, an instructor, or a script (a set of written instructions) to lead you through the process.
  • Imagine yourself in a calm, peaceful setting to help you relax and relieve stress.
  • Use all of your senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight) in guided imagery. For example, if you want a tropical setting, you can imagine the warm breeze on your skin, the bright blue of the water, the sound of the surf, the sweet scent of tropical flowers, and the taste of coconut so that you actually feel like you are there.

 

Source: Kaiser Permanente Northwest

 

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