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.
- 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.