Everyone knows that emotions during pregnancy can run riot. Hormones are to blame. That’s why it’s good to know what to expect and how to cope the 6 most common pregnancy emotions.
1. Surprise! – We’re having a baby!
Pregnancy always comes as a surprise. Even if you’ve been waiting a long time for your own little miracle, a positive pregnancy test is still always unexpected. And once you know for sure, you can always surprise the daddy-to-be with the big news. Do you know how you’re going to tell him?
2. Anxiety – How will my family react?
After the initial surprise, some women experience the next emotion. “How do I tell my partner?” This question can also trigger a feeling of unease or even anxiety. This is usually the case when the expecting parents didn’t plan the pregnancy or are still very young. The fear of how family and friends will react may be overwhelming. If you are feeling anxious, you can first contact a family counseling service. These are usually run by charitable, local institutions and can be most easily found online.
3. Annoying – nausea and other ailments
There are supposedly mothers who spend their entire pregnancies in a bubble of happiness. But the reality often looks quite different. On some days, you may feel downright annoyed by your pregnancy. Whether it’s morning sickness or swollen feet: The roller coaster of hormones can be hard for many pregnant women to take. And those same hormones also lead to strong emotional fluctuations. So treat yourself to a break from time to time to get some rest and recharge your batteries.
4. Unhappy – weight gain, stretch marks, sagging skin
The mood swings will also cause you to feel unhappy every now and then. Many women are upset about the changes in their body. Weight gain can lead to stretch marks and sagging skin. You don’t feel comfortable in your own skin anymore? That’s completely normal. But try to see things from a different perspective: Your body is creating new life – and that will, of course, show. Don’t look at stretch marks as flaws, but as a mark of distinction for all the hard work you’ve done.
If feelings of sadness persist, however, or if you don’t know why you’re feeling so blue, please seek professional help. Depression during pregnancy is a serious matter.
5. Happiness is the best Emotion During Pregnancy – every kick a little miracle
For all the negative feelings you may be having, you will also experience countless moments of happiness during pregnancy. After the initial euphoria, mothers-to-be are truly happy when they find out the sex of their baby from the fourth or fifth month and can feel the little one kicking inside them. Every time your child moves, and every time you get a compliment on your pregnancy, you will feel a sense of joy. This intensifies even further as the nine months draw to a close and anticipation of the new life increases tremendously.
6. Curiosity – How will motherhood be?
During this period, curiosity and excitement become important feelings. They lead you to thoroughly prepare for your life as a mother. Take a prenatal course. Read a few guides about breastfeeding and the first few months with baby. The better you’re informed, the easier it will be to care for your baby.
You might also want to get advice from your own mother, to find out her experience with you. Forums or the FamilyApp are an easy way to get that advice and stay in touch.
Get your Emotions during Pregnancy Balanced – getting to know your own body
All in all, one might say that the main emotion during pregnancy is a feeling of being unbalanced. Although you may sometimes feel like you’re swinging back and forth between poles, in the end you will look back on this time as a harmonious interlude in your life. This is because you will really get to know your body and appreciate more than ever all that it is capable of.