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 Neha Pathak, MD on March 19, 2021



University of Iowa Healthcare: "Emotions During Pregnancy."

University of North Carolina School of Medicine: "Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders."

Nemours Foundation: "10 Things That May Surprise You About Being Pregnant."

Brent Wright, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, N.C.

March of Dimes: "Stress and Pregnancy."

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