If you feel like your moods are all over the place during your pregnancy, you’re not alone. Many pregnant women get teary easily, or get irritated easily and feel that they can’t control their emotions. Plus, dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and facing the stress of making a choice of what you’ll do is probably adding to your feelings of being out of control.
Here are some simple tips for how you can manage what seems like uncontrollable emotions:
- Eat several small meals a day. This way, your blood sugar won’t get to low (which can cause mood crashes). Make sure to include protein and complex carbs in your mini-meals (complex carbs are things like beans, whole grains, and veggies).
- Cut down on sugar & caffeine. They make your blood sugar levels go up really quickly, then take a nose dive (and your mood will take a nose dive too).
- Get outside. Research shows that exposure to sunlight can improve mood. So get outside for a little walk while the sun’s shining (just don’t forget the sunscreen).
- Exercise. The more you do, the better mood you’ll be in. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins, which will cut down on sad feelings. Make sure to check with your doctor and ask if the activity you plan to do is safe when you’re pregnant.
- Relaxation techniques. Give prenatal yoga a try, or search YouTube for a guided meditation video. If you can’t afford yoga classes right now, there are some great yoga videos on YouTube too. Here’s a link to a good one: Prenatal Yoga Routine with Lara Dutta.
- Take naps and rest. Not getting enough sleep really adds to mood swings, so make sure to take naps and rest when you can.
- Talk it out. Chances are, thinking about doing adoption for your baby weighing heavily on your mind right now. Know that Lifetime is here if you need to talk; just call us at 1-800-923-6784 or send us an email. We can also set you up with a licensed counselor or peer counseling.
Sometimes it helps to just talk and get information to help things feel more in control. Making the right pregnancy choice for you means getting as much info as you can. Learning all you can will help control a stressful situation and give hope to what you’re facing right now.
If you don’t feel ready to reach out to anyone just yet, hearing others’ experiences with adoption may help. Hear from other women what open adoption was like for them.
Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is nationally recognized as an expert on open adoption. A Certiﬁed Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P.), Caldwell is the founder of Lifetime Adoption Center, established in 1986. She has assisted in over 2,000 successful adoptions and was one of the ﬁrst adoption professionals on the Internet.
Caldwell’s life work is dedicated to educating and helping birth parents find the right adoptive parents for their child. She spreads the word about modern adoption through speaking appearances, webinars, online resources, and as a podcast show host.
She has written several award-winning books, including So I Was Thinking About Adoption, the first book of its kind. There are many reasons women choose adoption, and this short book is a comprehensive resource to make the best plan for you and your baby. Caldwell wrote So I Was Thinking About Adoption as a handy guide to the details of the adoption process.
Caldwell has made over 150 media appearances, including ABC News, CBS News, Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, NBC’s The Today Show, CNN’s The Campbell Brown Show, NBC News, KGO Newstalk Radio, CNN’s Black in America II, MSNBC, Fox, PBS, BBC, and Dr. Laura.