Emotional Changes during Pregnancy

What emotions are normal during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a time of change between what life was like without a child and what life will be with a child. Your life is changing dramatically, and so is your body.

Common emotions include:

  • Being moodier than usual
  • Being more sensitive and overreacting with crying spells or anger
  • Worrying about your health and your baby’s health
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Trouble concentrating and remembering
  • Confusion
  • Feeling overwhelmed or out of control
  • Lack of or decrease in sex drive

It is OK to be afraid of the unknown, and it is OK to feel a bit out of control. If you feel upset or have mixed feelings about being pregnant, know that you are not alone. It is important to discuss your feelings openly with your partner.

If you are worried that your emotions are not normal, talk with your healthcare provider. Your provider will want to know what your concerns are so that they can help you to feel better. Make sure to tell your provider about all of your health conditions. If you have had problems with depression or substance abuse, make sure to tell them so that they can help you feel better. Seeing a counselor or mental health therapist may be helpful.

How can I take care of myself?

  • Get support. Talk with family and friends. Join a support group in your area.
  • Learn to manage stress. Ask for help at home and work when the load is too great to handle. Find ways to relax and enjoy your life. For example, you can take up a hobby, listen to music, watch movies, or take walks. You can also try deep breathing exercises when you feel stressed.
  • Take care of your physical health. Try to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Eat a healthy diet. Limit caffeine. If you smoke, quit. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs because they can make your symptoms worse and harm your baby. Exercise according to your healthcare provider’s instructions.
  • Check your medicines. To help prevent problems, tell your healthcare provider and pharmacist about all of the medicines, natural remedies, vitamins, and other supplements that you take. Take all medicines as directed by your provider or therapist. It is very important to take your medicine even when you are feeling well and thinking clearly. Without the medicine, your symptoms may not improve or may get worse. Talk to your provider if you have problems taking your medicine or if the medicines don’t seem to be working.
  • Contact your healthcare provider or therapist if you have any questions or your symptoms seem to be getting worse.
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Adult Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2015-01-14
Last reviewed: 2014-12-08
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