And, of course, there’s also the broad range of feelings you may have about becoming a parent.
Everyone responds to these changes differently. Some mums to-be experience heightened emotions, both positive and negative. Others feel more depressed or anxious. Many pregnant women find that moodiness flares up around 6 to 10 weeks, eases in the second trimester, and then reappears as their due date approaches.
Pregnancy can be a stressful and overwhelming time. One day you may be overjoyed at the thought of having a baby, and then just as quickly wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. You may be worried about whether you will be a good mum, whether the baby will be healthy, and how the cost of adding a child to your household will affect your family’s finances. And you may worry about how having a baby will impact your relationship with your partner and your other children.
The physical symptoms of pregnancy, such as heartburn, fatigue, and frequent urination, can also be a burden. It’s not uncommon to feel like you’ve lost control over your body and your life during this time. All these concerns may take your emotions on a roller coaster ride.
What if I can’t shake my moodiness?
If your mood swings are becoming more frequent or more intense, or if they last longer than two weeks, talk to your practitioner and ask for a referral to a counselor. You may be among the 14 to 23 percent of women wh