Managing Pregnancy Mood Swings

pregnancy mood swingsBy Nicole Pelletiere

Giggling one minute and weeping the next? Don’t worry—you’re not alone. Pregnancy mood swings are pretty normal, especially during your first and third trimesters. Here’s why they happen, plus how to cope.

Causes of pregnancy mood swings

It’s no surprise that like morning sickness and uncomfortable third trimester symptoms can affect your moods during pregnancy. Hormonal changes are another factor behind pregnancy mood swings, which, like physical discomforts, tend to peak during your first and third trimesters, says Aron Schuftan, M.D., an OB/GYN in  Silicon Valley, California.

Then, there’s the emotional stress. Wondering whether you’ll be a good mom and whether your baby is healthy are totally normal worries that, when paired physical changes, can be a recipe for feeling like an emotional rollercoaster.

But there’s ways you can cope with your ups and downs. Click through for tips on dealing with pregnancy mood swings.