Emotional Changes During Pregnancy

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

Emotions During Early

Your hormones are raging and they can effect how you feel emotionally. These are some of the feelings you may go through as your pregnancy progresses.

  • Some women feel like they want to be pregnant “someday” but “not now” (various reasons could include; not enough money right now, husband in school, apartment too small.)
  • Feel pleasure in finding oneself able to become pregnant
  • May feel rejection of pregnancy – not the baby
    • Nausea and/or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Foul taste in mouth
  • First three months are spent getting used to “I’m pregnant now!”
  • Feelings of “Now?” and “Who me?” continue throughout pregnancy.
  • May feel frustrated because there are few visible signs to confirm your pregnancy.
  • Can’t wait for the day when you will “look” pregnant. When this happens, your focus changes to “yes, me!” and “yes, now!”.
  • Quickening (feeling the baby moving) – provides a settling feeling. Confirms you’re really pregnant.
  • New mother’s often become an extrovert and seeks out friends that are pregnant. Starts making plans and arrangements for the new baby.

Emotions During Middle Pregnancy

  • Family members begin to “practice” new role of father, sister, brother, etc.
  • Mother’s concern in mid-pregnancy is not so much for herself as for her baby.
  • Time seems to passe quickly.
  • You want to see what the baby looks like; it’s normal to have day dreams and fantasies about how the baby will look.

Emotions During Late Pregnancy

  • Time seems to drag along.
  • You feel somewhat vulnerable – and you might not go out much because you are worried about harm to the baby. You might not understand why others can’t see why you are worried.
  • By the 8th month, you find ways to cope with the time remaining.
  • May be hard for you to sleep the last month due to thoughts about your pregnancy, the baby, what labor and delivery will be like, etc.
  • Then you settle down to wait.
  • It’s normal to worry about whether or not your baby will be healthy.
Tags: Emotional competence, Fertility, Obstetrics, Pregnancy, Ectopic pregnancy, Family, Emotion

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