Mood swings are common in pregnancy and may be self-limited. Pregnant women are tired, often anxious about the pregnancy and the changes of life occurring, and are busy preparing for a new baby. There isn’t too much we can do for you here. But, it is important to distinguish an occasional mood swing from depression or anxiety. If you feel like your mood swings are uncontrollable and really, really bad, you should discuss them with your doctor so they can make sure that something more serious isn’t going on. The best way to take care of perinatal mental health problems is by catching them early. Many pregnant women, however, just have some overwhelming moments and don’t necessarily have an underlying mood disorder like depression or anxiety.

The best thing to do for these sorts of mood swings is personal soothing techniques. This might mean setting aside some personal time during your day or week, talking to your friends and family about things they can do to help you, or finding a confidant or therapist to talk things through with.  Mood swings are a part of pregnancy. There are a lot of changes going on with your body and your life. It is important to know that you can do this, and your doctor and your support system should be there to help every step of the way.