Charles Rosenblum once said, “On a bad day, I have mood swings – but on a good day, I have the whole mood playground.” Comedians, writers and even television never seem to have any issues laughing at the passé and colorful characteristics of pregnancy including the maddening, frustrating mood swings.
Have any of these comics, writers or television producers ever been pregnant themselves? Probably not because the simple fact is that most of them are MEN. Mood swings are especially common for most pregnant women during the first and third trimester. During the first trimester pregnancy tends to create an extensive rush of hormones in just a short period of time. Between the nausea, vomiting, the frequent urination and the constant fatigue is it really any wonder that most of us find ourselves angry, irritable, on the verge of tears or frequently snapping at those we love especially our significant others.
By the time the third trimester arrives well unfortunately the pregnancy situation isn’t much better. Instead of nausea and vomiting, we find ourselves wanting to eat everything in sight and then crying our eyes out because “we’re fat.” Once again we find ourselves making our consistent two our toilet runs with an overflowing bladder. The fatigue that we thought was gone has once again become our constant companion and our best friend. Not mention now we have the added bonuses of heartburn, shortness of breath, swelling in our hands and ankles and not to forget the backaches, hemorrhoids and stretch marks. Is it really any wonder that we’re emotional?
Pregnancy is a physically, psychologically and emotional time for any women no matter who she is or how well prepared she seems to be. We’re not crazy, we don’t need to be locked up and don’t worry it isn’t permanent. But for others especially those within the close vicinity our lives namely significant others it may not always seems so colorful or clear-cut. Unfortunately they usually end up taking the emotional bruising and bashing from our hormonal mood swings. At least in my case I know that my poor husband has. From me to you the best advice I can offer is:
* Make time for you and your significant other to spend plenty of quality time before the baby arrives.
* Take a vacation
* Exercise is a perfect prescription for a bad mood
* Stay healthy
Most importantly relax because while it’s true that a baby does change everything — it is always for the better.