If you’re pregnant you probably have already noticed you’re a bit more emotional than you were pre pregnancy. Or maybe A LOT more emotional would better describe you. This can be due to a variety of different factors including but not limited to rising levels of hormones or feeling the stress of adding the responsibility of a child into your life. Even though there are sometimes very logical explanations for what may seem like erratic emotions, it doesn’t make them any easier to manage.
First off it’s important to mention to your doctor these changes, just to be on the safe side. But how do you manage what seems
unmanageable? Now, I’ll admit that what I’m about to say is only from personal experience and from what other mommies have told me. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and keep in mind everyone is different!
Be honest. With those you love and trust, it’s OK to be honest. When they ask how you’re feeling, tell them you’re struggling. Ask them to check in on you and pray for you. Many times people want to help, but they don’t know the best way. This is such a practical and important way to help expectant mommas!
Surround yourself with supportive people. We all know the freedom we feel when we can be ourselves, even when we may be a blubbering mess! Surrounding yourself with people you feel comfortable being emotional around can sometimes give you the freedom you need to just release all that’s pent up inside you. Oftentimes, they can speak words into your life that you need to hear. Other times, it’s just nice not to feel alone and feel listened to.
Talk about it. There really is something to putting words to your feelings. There’s probably a scientific term to it, but I don’t know it. It gets them out of your head, and sometimes just talking about them makes you realize they’re not reality! Remember to do this with a trusted and supportive person, however. A good listener is always a good choice.
So momma, take heart. You’re not in this alone and despite feeling crazy, more than likely it’s just those raging hormones. But again, remember to mention these to your doctor just to be sure there isn’t anything else to be concerned with.