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Emotional Highs and Lows Associated with Pregnancy

Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.

Mood Swings are a very Normal Part of Pregnancy

Learn about the normal things everyone worries about in pregnancy.

Being pregnant brings emotional highs and lows causing mood swings. Both planned or unplanned pregnancy not only causes physical changes to a woman but emotional changes as well. Your body is adjusting to the additional hormones and the additional stress that pregnancy brings. You may laugh, cry, and feel nervousness or you may feel many emotions at once. Having mood swings are a very normal part of pregnancy.

There are several simple steps you can take to help you through the ever-changing emotions of your pregnancy. You will feel better, emotionally and physically if you follow these suggestions:

  • Get plenty of rest and relaxation

  • Exercise and take walks

  • Spend time bonding with your partner

  • Visit with your love one and ask for their support

You may be experiencing feelings of concern and fear about becoming a parent. There are many upcoming events that you may be thinking about. You may be worried about the baby’s health, giving birth, whether you will be a good parent and the effects a child will have on your life. Let’s list and discuss some common fears you may have.

What if something is wrong with my baby?

Every mother-to-be has this fear. It is comforting to remember that most babies are born healthy. By eating right, avoiding risky behavior and having regular prenatal care you are doing all you can to support the health of your unborn child.

I am scared of giving birth, I am afraid of the pain

Fear of pain is a common concern with expectant mothers. It is important to be educated about the birthing process so you will know what to expect. Make sure you attend childbirth classes to learn what you will be experiencing, how to ease your labor pains and the options for pain medication. There are medical interventions, like an epidural, that will eliminate the pain during labor. Knowing the options available will lessen your fears.

What if something goes wrong in the delivery room and my baby has distress?

Even if your delivery does not proceed the way you planned, be confident that you and your baby will be fine. You have selected a doctor you trust and who is trained to handle any unexpected problems.

What if I am not a good mom, I don't know anything about taking care of a baby?

For almost a year, you have been consumed with planning and preparing for your new baby. You made an important decision to create a new life; you spent your time and energy planning to conceive; and you discovered that it was a success! For the next 9 months, you experienced the ups and downs of pregnancy, and you planned for your new baby’s nursery. Now, it’s almost time for your new bundle of joy to come into the world. When your little one finally arrives, you’ll go on the adventure of your life—parenthood! Not only will you love and care for your newborn’s body, but you will have a vital role in shaping his/her mind and soul.

While there is no preparation for taking care of a baby that is as good as hands-on experience, education is a helpful tool. You can take newborn classes, read parenting how-to books, talk to other parents who have new babies, and obtain support from your family and friends.

I am scared my life will never be the same again?

You are absolutely right! Your life has changed. Your baby will require your time and attention. You will be needed physically and emotionally and that will take time away from activities and commitments you are used to doing. You do not have to give up your previous lifestyle. However, until your child is older, you may need to alter your plans and adapt your activities to include your new baby.

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