The emotional experience of pregnancy is different for every woman. It's common to have mixed emotions and to feel uncertain-even if your pregnancy was planned.
Because of the increasing hormones and the fatigue of early pregnancy, mood swings can be worse than before pregnancy. Many women worry that their baby will have a problem. Or they may feel anxious about childbirth.
Your relationships with family and friends may change as you adjust to having a new family member.
- Emotional changesEmotional changes occur throughout pregnancy.
- Changes in your relationship with your partnerChanges in your relationship with your partner are to be expected as your focus shifts to your own and your baby's well-being.
- Getting support from your partner is important to help you bond as a family and to help you have less stress.
- Handling pregnancy and parentingHandling pregnancy and parenting can be a challenge. Rest whenever you can. Prepare your other child or children ahead of time to help your family adjust to the demands of a newborn.
With all the changes in your life, you may feel stressed at times. Try relaxation exercises and use time management tips and skills at home.