Becoming pregnant and growing into parenthood brings both
positive and negative feelings. That can mean having mixed feelings
about being pregnant. It is normal to feel anxious, happy, excited,
scared, awed and uncertain plus many other emotions.
It can help to share your feelings. Talk with your partner, family member or friend. If you don't feel comfortable
talking with someone you know, talk with your health care
Pregnancy hormones affect your emotions as well as your body. In
addition, not getting enough sleep and dealing with physical
discomforts can make you feel overwhelmed at times. As a result,
you may have unpredictable mood swings.
Although they are normal, these mood swings can be unsettling.
They usually decrease by the second
If you are concerned about feeling depressed or not feeling like
yourself, talk with your health care provider. The stress of
pregnancy can lead to or can worsen depression.
At least one in 10 pregnant women becomes depressed. If you're depressed, there is help available. Talk
with your health care provider for resources in your community.
Ways to enhance your sense of wellness include:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
For more information on depression and anxiety in pregnancy, check out the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Search for "postpartum depression" and click on the link for "Postpartum Depression Education Materials" in the results.