You might have thought that this time in your life, your pregnancy, will be the happiest period of your life. Instead, you are confronted with such a wide range of emotions that you are wondering whether you are losing your mind.
There is a very logical explanation for what you are going through. You can blame it all on the hormones that are suddenly cruising through your body as a result of this pregnancy. Strong moods and emotions often accompany these hormonal changes.
Take some small measures to ensure that you do not get overwhelmed by these mood changes:
- Know what to expect. Sometimes, the impending changes and increased responsibilities can intimidate you. You can also feel irritated about the forced change of routine that pregnancy can bring about. Read about pregnancy and be in the know about the various changes that you can expect in your body. Talk to your doctor and ask questions. This way you do not react emotionally to the sudden changes and are able to them handle better.
- Make conscious efforts to be happy. Surround yourself with things that give you joy. Play some good music, read happy books, watch some rom-com. Go shopping for new maternity clothes and other things for your baby. Focus on anything that takes your mind away from the physical discomforts that you are facing.
- Do not indulge guilt: Pregnancy can make you feel vulnerable and insecure. Angry feelings can rise as a result of these hormonal changes. Your resentment might be directed at your partner, doctor or other friends and family. This negativity can continue even after the birth of the baby. Do not feel guilty about it. Discuss with your partner and doctor how you feel.
- Stay away from anxiety: It is normal to worry about the impending delivery. You would be nervous about what normal delivery or cesareans entails. Some mothers worry about the health and safety of the baby. Allay your fears. Read books. Talk to the experts. Your doctor will probably alert you of all concerns if any.
- Get Help: Talk to your friends who have gone through the experience. Knowing that they went through the same range of emotional battle within can be comforting. Hearing them talk about the labour and delivery can probably make you relieved of your anxieties.
- Be selfish: Acknowledge the fact that you are only human. You are at your heaviest, most uncomfortable weight. You are sleep deprived and achy, your well-wishers are abounding with advice. This is not the time to prove anything to anyone. If you feel tired go and lie down. You need to focus on your needs. Your rest and comfort is crucial to the health of your baby.
Do not stress about stressing too much. All mothers go through some amount of stress. It is not likely to affect your baby. Try to be upbeat. Be aware, it helps.