When it comes to different kinds mood swings, a lot of pregnant women think that it’s mostly because they are feeling upset, irritated, or they simply blame their bad moods on pre-menstrual symptoms. Little do many women know though that PMS isn’t always the reason why they may be feeling upset or blue. As a matter of fact, there are several different factors that might be the cause of moodiness, and most of them have nothing to do with “that time of the month,” if you know what we mean.
For a lot of women, feeling “moody” or dealing with PMS-like symptoms may feel like it’s all part of your daily life or something that you simply can’t avoid. But for many women, there might be another reason why you feel like life is throwing old lemons at you all the time. As much as we try and control our mood swings, it’s not always possible. In fact, for a lot of people, it’s hard to get out of their “funk” no matter how hard they try.
With that being said, here are ten reasons why you may be dealing with mood swings with your pregnancy and ten different ways that you can cope.
20 When The Chemicals Change
It all boils down to your body’s natural chemistry, right? Many health experts believe that the reason why some women deal with mood swings more than others is because they are all “wired” differently, so to speak. According to Eu Natural, “If you do experience period-related mood swings, they could have to do with the chemical shifts in your body—or they could be only indirectly associated with your cycle. For example, I tend to miss some sleep a couple of nights before my period. This naturally can make me moody. I also tend to get post-period migraines. These obviously can get me down as well.”
19 Prone To Depression
Believe it or not, another reason why you may be feeling moody all the time is because you might be depressed, even during your pregnancy. Sure, this is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of your life, but for a lot of women, they simply don’t feel that way. And if this sounds like you, know that there is help and that you are not alone. The website Quick and Dirty Tips says, “Not everyone with depression expresses sadness. Some depressed people become angry or agitated instead. You may not realize that your mood swings are actually a symptom of depression.”
18 Decrease In Hormones
When you're pregnant, your body goes through a lot of changes. Sure, there’s the pregnancy weight gain, but there’s also a sudden spike or sudden loss in hormones, and that might contribute to the way you feel, too. If you are feeling as though you might be uncontrollably moody, you may want to talk to your doctor and get your estrogen levels checked out. If they are at a below normal range, then that’s something worth looking into. CNS writes, “There’s some evidence that estrogen has some mood-enhancing benefits. So the decrease of this hormone may contribute to the mental health issues women experience during this period.”
17 Severe Lack Of Sleep
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that if you are lagging in sleep, it will definitely have an effect on the way you feel the next day. The less sleep you get, the more agitated you may feel. And for a lot of pregnant women, trying to get some shuteye in the middle of the night can almost feel like a living nightmare. Eu Natural writes, “Losing sleep in particular can have a destabilizing effect on your mood, causing you to feel anxious and depressed. If your bloke is constantly demanding to know why women have so many mood swings, you might politely remind him that he doesn’t have to go through all of that.”
16 Life Events Often Contribute
Trying to keep everything together while you are pregnant is hard enough. But when life throws a curve ball at you, things can feel like they are falling apart pretty quickly. With that being said, something's are just out of your control – including many unexpected life events. Eu Natural writes, “An unrelated life issue might be something like the loss of a job, difficulties with a relationship, or the realization that you want to take a different path with your life altogether. You could have an unrelated health issue or you could lose a close friend or family member.”
15 An Underestimated Disorder
It doesn’t matter if you are pregnant or not – being bipolar can seriously have a toll on your health and well being. Yet, there are millions of people that are living with bipolar disease and don’t know it, simply because they haven’t been diagnosed properly. If you are feeling moody or can’t control your behavior, this might be the reason why. The site Quick and Dirty Tips also says, “Bipolar disorder is thought to be underestimated in the U.S. because patients often seek help from a doctor when they are depressed, but not when their mood is on the opposite extreme – manic.”
14 An Underestimated Disorder Part 2
There’s another form of bipolar disorder that a lot of people don’t know about, and it’s called cyclothymic disorder. It might be the reason why you are feeling blue, but just can’t put your finger on the reason why. In some ways, you may feel as though your life seems like a constant rollercoaster that you simply can’t control. One day it’s up, the next day it’s down. Healthline writes, “Cyclothymic disorder, or cyclothymia, is a mild mood disorder similar to bipolar II. In it, you have emotions that go up and down but are less severe than those associated with bipolar disorder.”
13 Undiagnosed Personality Disorder
Yes, being pregnant might completely change you as a person, but, could it also be the reason why you feel as though you have multiple personalities? Maybe. But that’s for a doctor, health professional or a psychologist to analyze, not us. But it might also be the reason why you can’t control your moodiness or feel as though you have PMS, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are sure that a lot of pregnant women can relate to this. Healthline also says, “In certain personality disorders, you may experience rapid changes in mood in a relatively short period of time.”
12 A Condition That Affects 3-8% Of Women
Now, this might not apply to all pregnant women, but it’s something to think about it. According to health officials, the premenstrual dysphoric disorder is the reason a lot of women might be feeling the different symptoms of depression, before, during, or even after their pregnancies that are difficult to control. Verily Mag says, “Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is recognized as a specific disorder that affects about 3 to 8 percent of women. PMDD symptoms include experiencing clinical levels of depression and/or anxiety during the week or two before your period starts and other PMS-like symptoms such as bloating, breast tenderness, and headaches.”
11 When Rapid Changes Are Out Of Control
Just when you thought that there were too many disorders that were the cause of your moodiness to count, we’ve got another one for you. You can go ahead and add dysregulation disorder to your growing list of reasons why you may feel like crying for absolutely no reason at all. And it all happens so suddenly, too. Healthline writes, “In certain personality disorders, you may experience rapid changes in mood in a relatively short period of time. Also, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder is typically only diagnosed in children. In it, your child has outbursts that aren’t on target with their developmental stage.”
And 10 things women can do to help cope.
10 Keep A Schedule
Thankfully, there are several different ways you can try and manage your “moodiness,” so to speak. You might want to feel like lounging around all day and doing nothing (especially while pregnant), but health experts do say that you should stick to your daily routine, no matter how hard it may be. The more stability you have, the better you will feel. That means, eat, sleep, exercise and repeat! As a matter of fact, Healthline suggests keeping a schedule. The site's experts says, “Try to create a routine for yourself, especially when it comes to eating and sleeping.”
9 Avoid Stressful Situations As Much As Possible
Healthline also suggests that you avoid stress. They say, “Easier said than done, right? If you can’t avoid it, aim to manage and relieve stress as it comes.” While we most definitely agree, there are ways that you can at least reduce the stress levels in your life. You can join a pregnancy yoga class, book yourself an appointment for a pregnancy massage or better yet, spend the day at the spa – all by yourself! As much as pregnancy might feel like it’s taking a toll on you, both physically and mentally, there are ways that you can make your life a little less hectic.
8 Herbal Supplements Are A Good Contender
If all else fails, try taking natural or herbal supplements to help kick that bad mood of yours. But before you try anything (and especially while you are pregnant), definitely talk to your doctor or a medical professional. You don’t want to cause yourself or your baby any harm, especially during the last trimester of your pregnancy. Eu Natural suggests, “You can stimulate your body’s natural production by taking herbal supplements instead of injecting hormones into your body. Herbs like Black Cohosh, Magnolia Bark, and Ashwagandha Extract can help to reduce hot flashes, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, mood swings, and other symptoms of menopause.”
7 Start Focusing On Eating Balanced Meals
If you want to beat the blues, your best bet is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. In other words, watch everything that you eat and try to maintain a diet that is rich in healthy fruits and vegetables. Remember, you are what you eat, and this especially applies to you while you're pregnant. If you treat your body like a garbage disposal, it might eventually act like one, too. Eu Natural writes, “While you are at it, be sure to eat a balanced, varied, nutritious diet with all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs for optimum health now and over the years to come.”
6 Keep A Journal
A lot of people start blogs because they want to keep up with their day to day activities in an online diary. But some health experts suggest that you may want to keep things a little more private by writing in an old-fashioned journal. That, or you could keep your blog private from other viewers. Healthline also says, “Keeping a journal to record your mood swings might also help you determine the reasons you experience them. Look for patterns and try to avoid situations or activities that directly impact your mood. Sharing the mood journal with your doctor can also help with your diagnosis.”
5 Try Talking To A Counselor
In most types of counseling, a professional will help you by not only listening to you and your worries but trying to resolve them, too. They can also help you cope with your feelings. In addition, they can also help change your behavioral patterns, which may have contributed to your illness. American Pregnancy writes, “If your mood swings last more than two weeks and do not seem to get better, you may want to ask your healthcare provider for a referral to a counselor. More than 11 million American women are affected by depression each year.”
4 Or Talk To A Friend Or Family Member
If you feel like you might not be ready to talk to a professional, talk to a friend or a family member. By opening up about your feelings, you’d be surprised to see just how many people have been in your same shoes, especially during their pregnancy, too. Hiding your true feelings and emotions might make your symptoms worse. Talk to someone. Eu Natural says, “If something else is wrong in your life, you will not resolve it by hiding. If your relationship is on the rocks, it is time to talk to your partner and work out your differences.”
3 It's Time To Get Moving
For a lot of people, they will agree that the best way to kick the blues and get rid of moodiness is by hitting the gym. Exercise is not only good for the body, but for your mental health as well. According to WebMD, it’s absolutely ok for pregnant women to stick to some sort of light to moderate exercise routine during their pregnancy. It can be anything from taking daily walks, pregnancy yoga, swimming, or muscle training, as long as its done under proper supervision. Also, remember to check with your doctor or a medical expert before trying anything new.
2 Try Therapy
A lot of people dismiss therapy simply because they think that they might not be able to afford it. But if you check with your healthcare provider, you’d be surprised to see that many forms of therapy are actually included in multiple types of healthcare packages. And if this includes yours, definitely take this perk and use it to your advantage. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, especially if you are seeking therapy to help improve your mental health. Eu Natural says, “Manage your depression, anxiety, rage, and mania. Techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), meditation, and exercise can help.”
1 Know That You Are Not Alone
And above all, remember that you are never alone. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to someone, especially if you feel that you need help. Pregnancy can be a scary, daunting time in your life as it is. And dealing with different feelings and moodiness sure doesn’t help. Don’t be scared to reach out to a health professional if you feel as though you need to speak to someone. American Pregnancy writes, “It is important to understand you are not alone; mood swings are just another aspect of the pregnancy experience. Knowing that what you are experiencing is normal and somewhat expected may help you cope.”