This is a question every pregnant woman asks herself and every partner wonders. We blame the hormones on most pregnancy matters and mood swings gets the hormone finger pointed at it too. As our body adjusts to the fine tuning of our pregnancy, the hormones have an independent agenda. Fluctuating mood swings are most evident in the first trimester as the fetus placenta and umbilical cord are all developing at an amazing pace. The hormones affect the neurotransmitters which are the messengers to the brain and the emotional rollercoaster begins. This along with the reality of being a mum (again perhaps), the possible nausea that accompanies the early days and the bigger picture of our life as a parent can be so overwhelming that we feel like we will burst. Then as if by magic we feel better. After the hormone equilibrium is established we experience a new vulnerability and that is tiredness. The hormones that will sustain us through our labour are increasing already and endorphin production can induce insomnia and vivid dreams. This tiredness again can make us cranky and irritable, but the good news is that it is normal in pregnancy.
Teresa Walsh, Midwife Childbirth Educator, The Portland Hospital