Pregnancy is both a physical and an emotional journey.
During pregnancy, do you find yourself getting unusually tearful over commercials on television? Have you ever had a breakdown in the middle of your office for no real reason? Have you ever given your partner a piece of your mind for buying the wrong flavor of ice cream or putting too much milk on your cereal?
During pregnancy, most women expect the physical effects, like swollen ankles and bizarre cravings, but what many women don’t expect is how big of an impact pregnancy can have on their emotions. And, while every woman is different and will have their own experiences with pregnancy, there are some common emotional themes throughout most pregnancies, and learning about them can help you prepare for what’s to come. That’s why our midwife in Sarasota has come up with this guide of common pregnancy emotions:
Fear is an incredibly common thing for expectant mothers to feel, and it can happen at any point during pregnancy. At first, expectant mothers might be fearful of accidentally eating the wrong thing or doing something that could potentially hurt their baby, and by the time a pregnant woman gets used to the idea of actually having a child, she may start to develop a whole host of other fears, like if she will be a good mom or not.
If you feel like the world couldn’t be any happier one minute, and then like you can’t hold back the tears the next, it’s a clear sign that you’ve experienced the infamous mood swings that make so many partners walk on eggshells. Mood swings are especially common early on in pregnancy, and in the later stages. Why do these emotional ups and downs happen in the first place? One big reason is the fluctuating hormone levels. Some women react more strongly to the changes in estrogen levels, while others may be more affected by the changes in progesterone levels.
The forgetfulness that often accompanies pregnancy is sometimes referred to as “pregnancy brain,” and it’s what makes some women put their keys in the freezer or forget half of their list at the grocery store. But, what causes this forgetfulness and sometimes cloudy thinking during pregnancy? One cause is, again, the fluctuating hormone levels, particularly higher than normal levels of progesterone. However, the stress of bringing a new life into the world, as well as trouble sleeping due to discomfort, can also have an effect on your ability to remember and think clearly.
During pregnancy, you’re going through many different changes, both physical and emotional, and it can be a challenging time for any woman. But, we hope that this blog will at least shed some light on why you may be feeling what you are feeling, and in our next blog, we’ll be going over a few more of the common emotions women feel during pregnancy. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, contact us. In addition to our experienced doctor, we also have two certified midwives at our clinic in Sarasota, and we’re happy to help!