Crying Spells

Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD on March 19, 2021

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.