On a pregnancy hormone rollercoaster?

Elated one minute, weeping the next? It's OK - your pregnancy mood swings are perfectly normal!


Sorry, I’ve left my brain at home

Whether it’s opening a cupboard and forgetting what you were looking for, or finding your purse next to the ketchup, absent-mindedness is par for the course. Many mums-to-be find they’re less well organise and more forgetful. Some people think it’s the hormones preparing you to focus solely on your baby.

The best thing to do is accept you’re going through a major life-changing experience and you’re entitled to some short-term scattiness. If nothing else you’ll have some funny stories to share at antenatal classes!


Pass the tissues

If you’ve just found out you’re pregnant, now’s a good time to start bulk-buying tissues! In the first few weeks you’ll probably find yourself blubbing as sad stories about puppies on TV. It’s not that you’re unstable, it’s just those hormones heightening your emotions. Some experts think it’s your body’s way of preparing you for looking after your baby, making you more caring and sensitive. You’ll probably feel calmer mid-pregnancy, but keep the tissues handy – the tears could return during the final few weeks, when you may be feeling anxious about the birth and worrying about becoming a mum.

I’m worried about everything

However excited you are about the arrival of your baby, it’s also natural to feel anxious. You may be worried about miscarriage, your baby’s health or the actual birth itself. When your hormones are raging even minor worries can feel like major problems, so no wonder it’s common to feel a bit down. Add to this the fact that you probably feel guilty about not being a picture of blooming happiness and it’s not surprising you feel low. Remember, there may be a positive side to this anxiety. It could be your body’s way of making you more protective of yourself and your child.


I need some help now

Don’t be afriad to seek help if you think you’re depressed. At least 10% of mums-to-be are thought to experience antenatal depression – mostly in the final stages. If you’re struggling to cope talk to your midwife. They’re aware that women do become depressed during pregnancy, and you can be supported or referred for counselling if that’s appropriate. If necessary your GP may also prescribe antidepressants that are safe to take in pregnancy. For support contact www.depression-in-pregnancy.org.uk

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