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Great Expectations – 13

Depression/Anxiety

It is not uncommon for pregnant women to feel joyous one minute and burst into tears the next. These up and down mood swings are just a part of the hormonal changes going on in your body. These hormonal changes set up the environment for mood shifts.

Emotional Mood Shifts

When a woman gets pregnant, she might worry about the health of the baby and the pain of labor. She considers the future and how she will adjust to being a mother, along with a hundred different issues, all surrounding the addition of a baby into her life.

What to do About Moods

Most of these anxieties can be eliminated by asking medical ques­tions and discussing your worries. If you feel that you are experiencing depression, do not hesitate to ask for help. Expect these mood shifts, and do not think something is drastically wrong when they occur. The key to working through depression and anxiety is communicating your feelings and needs, even if they seem embarrassing. Try not to worry. Concentrate on living your life one day at a time. When you feel anxious, pamper yourself with a warm, relaxing bath.

Keep your thoughts on today’s events, not what could happen tomorrow. Make it a point to get out of the house every day, even if only for a short walk. Reach out to others when you need a comforting word.

Knowledge can erase many of your worries, so read books on pregnancy and child care. Prenatal classes are also a great idea for you and your partner. Pregnancy is a fascinating subject, especially when you are in the starring role. Since this booklet cannot cover all aspects of pregnancy and birth, why not check out some books and read until your heart’s content. If you still feel depressed, be sure to talk it over with your healthcare provider. It can affect your overall health.

Sexual Changes

With your mood shifts come other emotional changes, including your feelings about sex. Desire for sex may rise or fall signifcantly during pregnancy. If you lose interest in sex, do not worry. It happens to a lot of women and does not usually last long. Be sure to discuss your feelings with your partner and have him read this booklet with you. Remember, pregnancy is a natural process and a woman’s body is designed to handle it with a minimum amount of stress. Your mind is changing, too, right along with the fuctuation of your hormones.

Mood swings are very common in pregnancy. Partners, be patient!

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