Skip to content

    Health & Pregnancy

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    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

    Pregnancy Week-By-Week Newsletter

    Delivered right to your inbox, get pictures and facts on
    what to expect each week of your pregnancy.

    Today on WebMD

    hand circling date on calendar
    Track your most fertile days.
    woman looking at ultrasound
    Week-by-week pregnancy guide.
     
    Pretty pregnant woman timing contaction pains
    The signs to watch out for.
    pregnant woman in hospital
    Are there ways to do it naturally?
     
    slideshow fetal development
    Slideshow
    pregnancy first trimester warning signs
    Article
     
    What Causes Bipolar
    Video
    Woman trying on dress in store
    Slideshow
     
    pregnant woman
    Article
    Woman looking at pregnancy test
    Quiz
     
    calendar and baby buggy
    Tool
    dark chocolate squares
    Slideshow