How Will Pregnancy Affect Me Mentally?

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You’re pregnant and likely wondering how this journey will affect you. An unexpected pregnancy can be exciting for many women, but it also creates new emotions that can take some getting used to. Women may feel nervous or emotional when thinking about their pregnancy. You can expect different emotions, and there is no cause for extra concern. 

The Role of Pregnancy Hormones

You may have heard of obvious pregnancy symptoms like nausea and a missed period. But what about moodiness? Moodiness during early pregnancy can be attributed to the hormones flooding your body. Your emotions can take several forms, including:

  • Mood swings
  • Excessive sadness or crying

These feelings can result from other health conditions, so your best bet is to take a pregnancy test and follow up with your medical provider. 

Mental Health Conditions During Pregnancy

The Mayo Clinic states that about 7% of pregnant women experience depression. This mental health condition is more likely to occur during pregnancy if you have one or more of the following factors:

  • Anxiety 
  • Life stressors
  • Lack of social support
  • Unexpected pregnancy
  • History of depression
  • Intimate partner violence

Depression is more common than you might think and can present itself in various ways. You could experience symptoms like changes in appetite or low energy levels, but there are additional signs of this condition during pregnancy, including:

  • Lack of attendance at prenatal care appointments
  • Smoking, drinking, or using illegal drugs
  • Having excessive anxiety about your baby

Receiving Help

If you experience symptoms of depression during pregnancy, know that you deserve help. Speaking to a mental health professional can provide clarity and resources. Sharing your experiences with a loved one could also provide comfort. 

Engaging in self-care activities like spending time in nature, reading a book, or cooking your favorite meal may also be helpful. Pregnancy is a critical time to care for yourself and ensure your well-being. 

Support Can Be Found Here

If you’re struggling with an unplanned pregnancy, know that support is available. Soundview Pregnancy Services offers no-cost and confidential services like social work consultations or access to medical care. 

Make an appointment today. We’re here to help you.