Are all pregnant women crazy?
Pregnancy: does it drive you to feel out of control, feel your emotions are unstable and feel constantly overwhelmed? Are all the feelings making you feel a bit crazy?
What about partners experiencing pregnancy with their partner? Would you agree that these feelings and emotions are taking over your better half? Do you feel you are now living with a crazy person?
Whether in the first trimester or your third trimester of pregnancy, you are likely experiencing many emotions, fatigue, aches, feeling worried or just plain crazy? I will make a huge assumption that if you are pregnant, this is you.
Let’s face it. Most pregnant women are crazy, but I believe it’s not their fault. I would like to discuss some of the most common reason that all pregnant women seem crazy and some suggestions on how to deal for both you as the miracle grower and your partner in crime.
Some of the most common causes of emotional instability, mood changes or becoming CRAZY during pregnancy can be from physical stresses, fatigue, changes in your metabolism, or by the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Although emphasized in times like pregnancy, physical stress can bring about a sense of craziness, which usually results in acting that way as well. Physical stress can be defined by anything placing a burden on someone so much that it affects their mental well-being. One of the most common causes of physical stress is your primary job (stay at home mom or work place). The type of work being done daily and the demands that it places on you naturally cause physical stress, which can contribute to your emotional well-being.
Ways to help your crazy pregnant partner: Physical Stress
- Be patient, offer to help with household duties, offer a massage, talk through ways to decreased daily stress, exercise to relieve stress, watch your diet as poor choices contribute to mood
Fatigue is another stress related symptom that is not only emphasized in pregnancy, but is caused by pregnancy and growing a baby. If you are already experiencing fatigue from your everyday routine, pregnancy will certainly make you even that much more fatigued. We all know that fatigue can make you crazy.
Ways to help your crazy pregnant partner: Fatigue
- Allow and encourage rest, propping feet up, hiring help if needed, exercise (although seems like opposite, this can help generate energy), watch dietary choices as they can contribute to fatigue
Changes in your Metabolism
Metabolism changes are another factor that can contribute to the pregnancy cray-cray. As you are growing a baby, your metabolism is shifting in response to the food you are eating or what your body needs in order to sustain the energy demands of the pregnancy. This will likely be different for everyone. Our bodies are miracles and generally will give clues if something is wrong or out-of-order. Regarding metabolism and its effect on our mood, irregularities in blood sugar is one of the most common instabilities that is seen. If our blood sugar is low, our mood can significantly change. If too low, one can actually experience an emergency type situation and needs medical attention.
Ways to help your crazy pregnancy partner: metabolic changes
- Offer a healthy snack (fruit, yogurt), offer a walk or be a part of daily activity, seek out a nutritionist or dietician for help
Hormone changes with progesterone and estrogen
During pregnancy, there are significant changes in the hormones progesterone and estrogen. During pregnancy the increase in estrogen enables the uterus and placenta to improve vascularization, transfer nutrients, and support the developing baby. Estrogen levels continue to rise until their peak is reached in the third trimester. The rapid increase in estrogen levels is typically what causes things like nausea, mood changes and increase in breast size.
The changes in progesterone cause a laxity or loosening of ligaments and joints throughout the body as well as allow the uterus to increase in size. These level increases can also affect your level of neurotransmitters, which are brain chemicals that regulate mood. This is why mood swing or the heightened craziness is mostly experienced during the first trimester between 6 to 10 weeks and then again in the third trimester as your body prepares for birth.
Ways to help your crazy pregnant partner: Hormonal changes
- Be patient, try to understand the natural changes that are occurring, be willing to talk and listen, look for concerning signs
As a reminder, it is important to understand you are not alone; feeling crazy or having mood swings are just another aspect of the pregnancy experience. Knowing that what you are experiencing is normal and somewhat expected may help you cope.
It is suggested that if your mood swings last more than two weeks, are affecting your daily life or do not seem to get better, you need to inform your health care provider. More than 11 million American women are affected by depression each year and some of the inevitable mental changes that occur while pregnant predispose you to this illness. Depression is most prevalent in women during childbearing years but can occur at any age. Therefore, make yourself aware of symptoms, length of time experiencing them and have a plan for seeking help.