Pregnancy takes your mind and body through an ongoing stream of
changes. On a basic level, your body is making unusual amounts of hormones. At
certain times, this can make you feel exhausted, forgetful, or moody. On top of
that, it is normal to be preoccupied with how your body is quickly changing,
how to manage symptoms, how different your life is becoming, worry about the
pregnancy going well, finances, and keeping up with everyday life.
It is common to go through many of the following changes in a
First trimester. Extreme
fatigue or morning sickness can color your daily life. Moodiness (as with
premenstrual syndrome) is normal. Happiness and
anxiety about a new pregnancy, or feeling upset about an unplanned pregnancy, are also
Second trimester. Fatigue, morning
sickness, and moodiness usually improve or go away. You may feel more forgetful
and disorganized than before. Looking heavier than normal, then looking visibly
pregnant and feeling the baby move, can make you feel any number of
Third trimester. Forgetfulness may
continue. As your due date nears, it is common to feel more anxious about the
childbirth and how a new baby will change your life. As you feel more tired and
uncomfortable, you may be more irritable than before.
For some women, serious
depression problems improve during pregnancy. For
others, they do not. If you find no pleasure in daily life, or suffer from a
lot of sleeplessness (insomnia), sadness, tearfulness, anxiety, hopelessness,
feelings of worthlessness and guilt, irritability, appetite change, or poor
concentration, talk to your health professional. Without treatment, mental
health problems can get in the way of a healthy pregnancy.
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