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Are you crying during sentimental TV shows or when your husband forgets to do the simplest things? Mood swings and crying spells are a normal part of pregnancy, especially during your first trimester as hormones ramp up. It also takes some time to absorb the emotional weight of life's big changes, like having a child. Take a deep breath. It’s your pregnancy, you can cry if you want to!

Call Doctor If:

You have symptoms of depression that last longer than two weeks:

    • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
    • Changes in appetite
    • Trouble concentrating
    • Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
    • Feeling guilty or worthless
    • Thoughts about hurting yourself or the baby

Step-by-Step Care:

  • Get support from other pregnant moms – online or in a local support group.
  • Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lessen your ability to handle stress. Aim for eight hours a night.
  • Move! Regular physical activity helps shore up your coping mechanisms.
  • Eat healthy. Stay away from alcohol. Limit caffeine, sugar, and processed foods.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on August 08, 2014

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