Pregnancy is a very emotional, tear stained, time in our lives. Cath shares details of her tearful mood swings and what she did to cope with them.
When I was pregnant I seemed to go on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Some days I was fine and others I would cry at the silliest of things. My husband couldn’t work out why I could cry buckets over a storyline in Coronation Street or Emmerdale and kept telling me “It’s not real you know!”
I asked the midwife at one of my appointments and she told me that mood swings are perfectly normal and the female hormones were to blame. Oestrogen and progesterone, the hormones which regulate the reproductive cycle, are thought to be partly responsible, but much of the moodiness is simply due to the fact that pregnancy is a time of tremendous change. Whilst there was no miracle cure, at least I felt reassured.
I found that I was more tearful if I was tired and if someone said the wrong thing to me, I could burst into tears at the drop of a hat. Not great when you are trying to hold down a responsible job in an open plan office like I was! Fortunately, a friend had a small office near ours, so if I felt tears coming, I could escape to see her. She had two daughters who were just a bit older than me, so she was great at giving sensible advice and calming me down.
My tips for coping with Mood Swings
- Talk about how you are feeling with your partner or a friend – as the old saying goes “A problem shared is a problem halved.”
- If you are feeling down, do something nice – a shopping trip or lunch with a friend will help cheer you up.
- Eat well – Being pregnant takes a lot out of your body and it is important to eat the right foods to provide nutrients for both you and the baby growing inside you. Eating regularly can help regulate your hormones and hopefully minimise the mood swings.
- Exercise – I found that just being outside in the fresh air helped clear my head; I always felt better after a walk.