Pregnancy mood swings are perhaps one of the most infamous side effects of being pregnant. One minute you’re up, the next you’re down.
You’re laughing as Ellen again picks on her DJ – then five minutes later, find yourself in unrelenting tears as she unveils a surprise military family reunion. Mood swings run the gambit during pregnancy – from overjoyed to sad, from loving to (perhaps at times, irrationally) angry.
The good news is you’re not alone. The bad news is that it might be awhile before they go away – mood swings are most common in the first trimester, with a tendency to reappear in the third trimester.
Pregnancy mood swings are most commonly a result of the estrogen and progesterone hormonal changes you are experiencing. The significant levels of hormone changes in your body affects the way your brain receives signals about your mood and regulates your reactions – all of this activity can throw you into quite a tizzy.
On top of it, fatigue – a common side effect, particularly in the third trimester, can worsen things, as can stress.