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    Crying Spells

    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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