How to deal with pregnancy mood swings

September 11, 2012 12:00 AM by

During a pregnancy, hormones are going to cause problems when it comes to your mood. You may no longer be that level-headed woman who's able to take things in stride and handle your emotions – you might get a little psycho sometimes. But luckily you don't have to let these mood swings take over your life. Here are a few ways you can steer that wild roller coaster.

Take it easy
You'll probably be tempted to channel Superwoman during your pregnancy, trying to get everything done in time for your baby's arrival. And while it's good to prepare your little one's nursery and plan out your parenting style, you shouldn't stress yourself out over it. That extra pressure can only make you feel worse. Get help from your partner, family and friends and be sure to relax when you're feeling overworked.

Be realistic
Anytime you feel yourself about to tip over the edge of sanity, stop for a second and remind yourself that this is perfectly normal. Sure, you might feel like the world is about to end, but you have to realize that it's not really going to – your brain is just overreacting. It doesn't make your feelings any less real, but it should help you put things into perspective.

Exercise often
Exercise during pregnancy not only helps you maintain a healthy weight, but it allows you to overcome mood swings and even prepares you for labor and delivery by strengthening your body. Just like how working out can help alleviate period symptoms and depression, it can flood your body with feel-good chemicals while you're pregnant, too.

Bond with your partner
Don't forget that your partner is always there to make you feel better, and chances are he'll sympathize with you. As long as you let him know how much you love him on a regular basis, he won't hold a grudge against you for going a little wacky every now and then. Spend as much time together as possible to nurture your relationship and ready yourselves for the changes that are about to come. You'll need each other once the baby arrives.

Eat healthy
Feeling down might make you want to bust out that carton of Ben and Jerry's, but it's better to satisfy yourself with healthier options that can actually make you feel better. For example, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve brain performance and alleviate depression, so try eating some salmon, walnuts or fortified eggs on days you feel blue.

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