Pregnancy Hormones and the Potential Meltdown is Real!
you are not alone
The Reality of Pregnancy Hormones and how it impacts your emotions are overwhelming.
Disclosure: I am not a licensed medical professional and I will always encourage someone to seek professional help. I do however understand you are probably wondering if pregnancy has made you crazy.
If you find yourself crying or upset over small things such as spilled milk, toilet paper rolls and unanswered texts, odds are it’s your pregnancy hormones.
I felt alone, unfamiliar and out of control as I went about my day-to-day life. My close family and friends all lived in California while I was here in Texas with my fiancé and a handful of close friends. To make matters worse, I never ask for help.
Having a career that required upbeat consistent energy was not easy when I was pregnant.
I needed to keep a smile on my face and keep up a sense of sanity for 9 hours a day.
I still remember the day my boss told me I was negative and not supportive.
My pregnancy hormones immediately kicked in and I broke down crying into a million pieces.
I didn’t know how to tell my friends and family I was falling to pieces. I didn’t really know what was wrong with me. I felt ashamed and embarrassed because I didn’t know how common this was.
I began to read about pregnancy, pregnancy hormones and finally confided in a friend for hours. I was excited to be having a baby, but felt guilty as I didn’t know how to celebrate this new journey.
The pregnancy hormones and emotions had just kicked in and I was losing control.
Having a history of anxiety and everything that goes along with it, the last thing I wanted to consider was medication until became 100% necessary. In my third trimester, I was going to the doctor weekly and she had noticed my moods were shifting dramatically within the 10 minutes I spent with her.
At 33 weeks pregnant, the doctor advised that I take medication. She was concerned for my hormonal emotions postpartum given my current emotional state. Against all advice, I refused.
Shortly following that visit, I was at home and crying uncontrollably over picking an outfit for dinner and I realized the doctor was right. At 34 weeks pregnant, I agreed to a low dosage of medication.
These are a few of the things that helped my pregnancy hormones and prevent additional meltdowns.
- Journal – There is nothing more healing than the feeling of acknowledging something is going on but you’re not sure how to handle it quite yet, writing is very soothing. Have you seen the Belly Book? This could be a fun distraction!
- Routine – Do not stop your daily routine unless it is physically demanding or unhealthy. If that meant you were getting up at 6 and going to the gym, do not stop. If that meant you were going to happy hour twice a week, change the happy hour to a social hour. Meet up with some friends for lunch/brunch often! Some adorable maternity dresses under $30 can be found here!
- Healthy Eating – Often we find ourselves stuffing our emotions with food. As someone with an eating disorder (more on this later), this came easily to me and I found myself more upset when I couldn’t find clothes, or whatever I ate didn’t satisfy me at that moment. Finding high-fiber snacks that require patience to eat such as celery with peanut butter worked great for me. It also helped with my water intake, which is another necessity not just for physical purposes but mentally. I recently saw amazing reviews from other Mom’s on this book to help you with healthy eating while pregnant!
- Keep Drinking Water – I know it sounds crazy. I used to think this was just to help keep your body feeling good but I’ve learned over the years it actually cleanses the toxins from the emotions you are having. The more water, the better!!!
- Enjoy the nesting phase – Clean, organize, decorate, make the house a home! You will find great pleasure in this. If you aren’t nesting yet, jump on Pinterest and find things you want to do when you are nesting!
- Recipes – Pinterest! Okay, not everyone is Betty Crocker but this helped me in many ways. I was able to distract myself mentally as well as help find my food cravings. I highly suggest trying one new recipe this week, it’s a great feeling of accomplishment.
- Walk, walk, walk – I know it hurts, you’re laughing at me, and if you can’t walk – get outside. Now I know it is hot outside in the summer, that’s when you consider the pool, indoor malls with sunlight and if all else fails, go for a drive! Here is some of the best maternity active wear you can find on Amazon!
- Plan a trip – This can just be to a friend or relatives within driving distance. This is a good opportunity to re-group and get out of the day-to-day mental challenges.
- Just know this is 9 months – It seems like forever, but I can guarantee you after a year you’ll look back and think wow what was I going through and realize all the advice you had received really did make sense when it sounded crazy as heck at the moment. Please see your doctor and know you are not alone!
- Create a checklist to help keep you focused and having fun!
Much love with your pregnancy!
You CAN do this! xoxo, Darcy