mood_swing_pregnantYour final trimester of pregnancy can bring about stressful emotions and mood swings. These occur for various reasons. The first is that you are at your heaviest weight and likely uncomfortable. This can bring even the happiest of pregnant women down, especially if it is affecting your sleeping habits.

Another reason for being emotional is the flood of hormones that are being released into your system. Estrogen and progesterone levels are at their highest in the third trimester and can easily affect your mood.

Many women report that outside stressful situations affect the final weeks of pregnancy as well. Good hearted family members that just want to be involved may be causing more irritation than help, and last minute preparations can cause anxiety as well.

Keep in mind that these are all normal things that almost every pregnant woman deals with in her final weeks of pregnancy. The most important thing you can do is to take care of yourself.

If you are feeling very heavy and uncomfortable, talk to your doctor about what types of exercises may be appropriate. Typically, short walks and light yoga can help to ease discomfort and improve your mood. This may also help to prepare your body for the strain of delivery.

Difficulty in sleeping may not be an easy fix, however if you feel tired you should rest even if you can’t sleep. Short naps or even putting your feet up and watching a favorite movie can do wonders for mood and relaxation.

Remember that the hormones that may be wreaking havoc on your mood are simply doing their job in preparing your body for delivery. Doing some research on what’s happening to your body can help women to understand and feel more in control. However, if you feel that your emotions are out of control, you may wan to speak with your doctor.

Your family and friends should be supporting you in any mood you experience. If family members begin to get your irritated or anxious, you have every right to ask them to give you space. If they really want to help, ask them to make meals ahead for you, run errands or help you do housework.

The emotional roller coaster of the last trimester can be difficult, so remember to take care of yourself, eat right, exercise if approved by your doctor and practice relaxation techniques. Above all, do what you need to do to feel healthy, happy and enjoy your last weeks of pregnancy.