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Beat Your Pregnancy Mood Swings

As if morning sickness and chronic exhaustion wasn’t enough, roller coaster mood swings are a common symptom of pregnancy. You might be feeling as high as a kite one moment, ready to take on the world—then suddenly, without warning, your world comes crashing down into a weepy, sobbing mess.

These types of mood swings are completely normal for expectant mothers, especially early on in pregnancy when your hormones are wreaking havoc on your body and mind. While there’s no exact way to cure these wild ups and downs, here are a few tips on getting your mood under control.

Practice relaxation

If you’re overstressed, you’ll find your emotions taking you on a wild ride. Learning to relax can help keep you calm. Simple activities like taking a shower or going for a walk are great ways to take a breather. Many women swear by prenatal yoga, which is specially designed for pregnant mothers.

Yoga can help teach you breathing techniques that will be extremely helpful during labor. Whatever you do to relax, try to keep stressful subjects off of your mind until you feel calm enough to deal with them.

Get enough to eat—and eat healthy

If you’re battling morning sickness, having a full meal might be the last thing you want to do. But keeping your body fueled with nutrients will keep both you and your little one happy and healthy. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, and incorporate protein- and iron-rich foods into your diet.

If you’re having a hard time eating a full serving, try eating smaller portions more often throughout the day. Keep protein packed snacks, like trail mix, handy—they have the right amount of energy to keep you going when you need a kick between meals.

Try to avoid foods that are unhealthy for you. Sweets, chips, and sodas can raise your blood sugar to a point where you’re feeling great, but it will soon be followed by a crash that can add to the instability of your mood. They also don’t have the valuable nutrients you need to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

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