Some women glow during pregnancy, some growl instead! The hormonal changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy can sometimes leave you more temperamental than usual. Here are some tips to manage your mood swings and proceed with a smoother pregnancy:
1) HAVE SMALL CHILDREN? Maybe you’re finding it tiring caring for them and your pregnant self. Get help from your spouse, mother or in-laws, or domestic helper. This is no time to be SuperMom.
2) WITH OLDER CHILDREN, explain why you are unable to join them for sports or other strenuous activities like before. Promise that you will make up for lost time once baby comes.
3) WHEN YOU FEEL RISING ANGER, retreat from the room and take some deep breaths to calm down. This works well whether you’re at home, at the office or at your in-law’s house!
4) GET ENOUGH REST AND SLEEP. If your backaches trouble you, get a gentle back rub from your spouse.
5) LEARN RELAXATION EXERCISES such as meditation and visualization. Imagine bringing baby home, with everyone happily waiting for your arrival.
6) AT WORK, your sudden outbursts might annoy and startle your colleagues or staff. Do apologise later when you’ve calmed down.
7) SLOW DOWN if you have a hectic lifestyle. Take time off work or delegate so that you can have more time for yourself. Listen to some relaxing music, read a book or take a slow leisurely walk when you feel your nerves being wrangled.
8) TAKE A WARM SHOWER at night before bedtime to relax but avoid long hot baths that can be harmful for your baby.
9) MAKE TIME TO EXERCISE as it helps build stamina for the labour process. Exercise also releases feel-good hormones called endorphins, which helps regulate mood.
10) AVOID caffeinated drinks and foods as they tend to make you feel more tense.
11) TAKE REGULAR MEALS, as skipping a meal will lower your metabolic rate. Hunger makes you edgy and snappy.
12) SHARE YOUR FEELINGS with someone. Whether it’s something small such as having swollen feet or a fear that your baby may not be growing well, talking it over with someone will release tension and help you see the problem in a different perspective. Cry it out if you have to.
13) LOOK GOOD to feel good. Shop for pretty maternity clothes that make you feel more confident about your new life adventure as a mommy. It’s hard to feel happy when you’ve outgrown all your existing clothes and feel uncomfortable when meeting people.
14) BE KNOWLEDGEABLE about pregnancy and birth. Knowing what to expect lowers anxiety levels and makes you less likely to be irritated by your bodily changes.
15) IF YOU SUSPECT YOU’RE DEPRESSED, speak to your doctor about it as it can affect the way you handle the pregnancy and birth. The classic symptoms of depression are extreme sadness, difficulty sleeping, eating, concentrating, or making decisions. You also appear to lose interest in work and play. Untreated ante-natal depression also may lead to post-natal depression.