Emotions and Relationships
The emotional experience of pregnancy is different for every woman. It's common to have mixed emotions and to feel uncertain—even if your pregnancy was planned.
Because of the increasing hormones and the fatigue of early pregnancy, mood swings can be worse than before pregnancy. Many women worry that their baby will have a problem. Or they may feel anxious about childbirth.
Your relationships with family and friends may change as you adjust to having a new family member.
- Reference Emotional changes occur throughout pregnancy.
- Reference Changes in your relationship with your partner are to be expected as your focus shifts to your own and your baby's well-being.
- Reference Handling pregnancy and parenting can be a challenge. Rest whenever you can. Prepare your other child or children ahead of time to help your family adjust to the demands of a newborn.
With all the changes in your life, you may feel stressed at times. Try relaxation exercises and use time management tips and skills at home.
- Reference Reference Stress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to Relax
- Reference Reference Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
- Reference Reference Stress Management: Managing Your Time
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 23, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology