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Emotions and Pregnancy

Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.

Raging Emotions in Pregnancy

Learn how common it is for you to experience raging emotions in pregnancy.

It is common for you to experience raging emotions in pregnancy. The surge of hormones in your body can make you more emotional, moody, and irritable. It may feel like you’re on a rollercoaster ride of feelings and emotions. Some women find that a song on the radio or a TV commercial causes them to break into sobs. Other women may cry uncontrollable and then giggle only minutes later.

These emotional changes in pregnancy can strain your relationship with your significant other or husband. You may want to be intimate with your partner one second, and five minutes later, you want to punch him in the face.

He may not know to react to this, or what to do when this happens. Rest assured that this flippant behavior is absolutely normal, and a common experience for many pregnant women.

Body Image Issues

Throughout your pregnancy, it’s common to be extra emotional as you struggle with body image issues. Some women are not ready to accept their changing shape. They may worry about getting “fat,” and as they start to gain weight during pregnancy, they may start to feel unattractive. Many women take this insecurity over their changing body out on their partners. Certain offhand comments can be easily taken the wrong way.

It’s very important that you keep your husband or significant other informed on how you feel. Don’t be shy about your feelings and concerns. Talk to your partner about how you feel about your changing looks and body. Discuss any worries you may have about pregnancy, or being a new parent. Open communication will help the two of you navigate through the 40 weeks of pregnancy.

You might consider bringing your partner along for your prenatal checkups. This way, your husband has an opportunity to talk to your caregiver about any concerns he may have. Your doctor might be able to reassure the two of you, so that you can enjoy your pregnancy.

Fortunately, your raging hormones will go away in the weeks following your baby’s birth. Women who breastfeed may stay more emotional. That’s due to the hormones your body produces for lactation.

Just try to relax and rest when you can. Exhaustion can make your mood swings worse.

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