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Mood Swings - How To Administer Them In Pregnancy?

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Dr. Divya Malik Chawla 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DGO
Gynaecologist, Vadodara  •  17 years experience
Mood Swings - How To Administer Them In Pregnancy?

Pregnancy brings with it many changes - physical and emotional. On the one hand, you are changing your appearance completely as a person. On the other, your hormones are playing havoc and you are not sure if you are feeling happy, sad, confused, anger - all at the same time or within short timespans. There could also be forgetfulness in some women.
It is not just you but people around you also who are not sure how to manage this, especially your partner, who needs to be explained why this is happening.  If you already have a child, don't be surprised if the first child feels very nervous and anxious about your mood swings.

However, good news is that these mood swings settle down and can be managed with a little bit of conscious effort.  It is generally noted that the mood swings are worst in the first trimester and settle down gradually during the second trimester onwards.  Women are more in control of their emotions and feelings. Though you may not voice it out, there are many concerns going on in your head with your pregnancy and these definitely make you anxious. As your due date nears, expect a surge in your anxiety/fear levels.

Simple methods:
Talk it out - Whether your concern is if your baby will be healthy or how will you manage finances, the best option is to discuss with your spouse about the same.  You could also find support with close friends and relatives. Look for online support groups or form friends from your doctor's clinic - you will find that everybody lends an ear and shoulder to support you.

Rest - Pregnancy is extremely tiring physically, and fatigue adds to your irritability.  As it also plays with your regular sleep patterns, try and get as much rest and sleep for shorter durations whenever possible.  If you are working, discuss with your boss to be able to take breaks.

Exercise - Consult with your doctor and make sure you follow an exercise regime tailored for you. This not only reduces fatigue but makes you more active and less irritable.

Nutrition - While you have your cravings, ensure you eat a healthy balanced diet. This not only contributes to physical well-being but also your emotional health.

Socialize - Try and make new friends or spend time with old ones.  They would be extremely delighted to hear your small talks and in the process, you would feel relaxed and happy too.

Pamper yourself - While there is no point going shopping or pub hopping, treat yourself to a massage at a nearby spa or spend time reading a book or watching a movie. These can be extremely relaxing and easy to follow.

Needless to say, as much as they may sound unpleasant, the entire experience of these mood swings will leave you a different person. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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