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    Mood Swings

    One minute you're laughing! The next, you're crying. Blame it on the changing hormones of pregnancy. Watch out for mood swings during your first and third trimesters -- but be aware they can occur anytime. And, if you had premenstrual syndrome (PMS) before you got pregnant, be prepared. Your pregnancy may make your PMS-type mood swings more severe.

    Call Doctor If:

    • You feel depressed or anxious.
    • You have trouble sleeping.
    • You have trouble eating.
    • You have exaggerated mood swings for more than two weeks.

    Step-by-Step Care:

    • Do relaxation exercises or take prenatal yoga if you feel that stress is making your mood swings worse.
    • Pamper yourself. Take a nap, get a massage, go for a walk.
    • Do things that make you feel good.
    • Take care of yourself to help improve your mood. Eat well, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
    • Remind yourself -- and your partner -- that mood swings are a normal part of pregnancy. This will make it easier for both of you to weather them.
    • Ask for support from your partner, family, and friends.

    WebMD Medical Reference

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

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