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Why do I feel more moody during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a season of life filled with lots of physical and emotional changes. Maybe you have waited a long time for a baby, or perhaps the pregnancy was a surprise and you are still adjusting to the news.

It is common to have financial, health, family, living arrangements, or other concerns that come up during the pregnancy. These additional life stressors or the hormones of pregnancy can lead to mood changes as well.

Many women experience mood changes during pregnancy and up until one year after the birth for their babies. It is natural to have mild symptoms that include feeling tired, irritable, worried, or occasionally sad during this same time span. But if these symptoms last more than a couple of weeks or interfere with regular daily activities, you may need to discuss them with your healthcare provider. You are more susceptible to depression or anxiety if you have a history of depression or drug/alcohol abuse, family history of mental illness, poor support from family and friends, problems with a previous pregnancy, relationship or financial concerns.

The following are symptoms that are sometimes associated with depression/anxiety during pregnancy and important to discuss with your provider if they persist for more than a few weeks:

Eating a healthy diet, participating in approved exercises, adequate sleep, developing a strong social support network, and reducing stress will often help control the mood changes experienced with pregnancy. If these do not help with your symptoms your provider may be able to help.

Dr. Cheryl Sharp, Chief Content Officer
Cheryl is a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner who has been caring for women, newborns, and families more than 30 years. She views the opportunity to journey with women through their pregnancy and beyond as a sacred privilege.