Managing Emotional Changes During Pregnancy
Being pregnant can be an exciting time. But it can also be a stressful and emotional time. There's a lot you need to think about and plan for, which can be overwhelming. You may notice your moods changing often. And when you're pregnant, your body goes through lots of hormone changes, which can affect your emotions and how you feel.
It's important to take care of your body—and your emotions—during pregnancy. So don't hesitate to ask friends and family for support.
- Talk about how you feel.
Check in often with your partner, close friends, or loved ones. Let them know how you're doing. What are your biggest fears? What makes you the most stressed? How can they help?
- Do things you enjoy.
Take time for yourself every day. Watch a favorite movie. Go for walks with a friend. Or find some time for your favorite hobby.
- Find ways to manage stress.
Make time for a stress-relieving activity each day. Find what works best for you. Maybe you'd like to try yoga, meditation, or guided imagery.
- Write about your feelings.
It may help to write down your fears about having a baby or becoming a parent. Share this with someone you trust. Decide which worries are actually small, and try to let them go.
- Get help if needed.
If you feel overwhelmed, talk to your doctor or a counselor. Consider joining a support group for pregnant women or new moms.
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology