Why Abnormal Emotional Behavior in Pregnancy?


Pregnancy  is full of weird experiences. There is an euphoria of giving birth to a life, blended with depression of unknown origin. Joy of conception is over shadowed by the fear of uncertainities.

The researches across the world endorse the fact that the emotional stability of the mother can affect the fetal development. We want that the pregnant mother should always remain happy to aid in the proper development of the baby. But, on the contrary, the mothers become emotionally unstable, angry, irritable and suffer from mood swings with sudden tears, nervousness, easy fatigability, and mental exhaustion.


These emotional changes occur due to the hormonal changes in pregnancy, especially the increased production of Estrogen & Progesterone hormones.

Nature wanted the Pregnant mother to be emotionally unstable to safeguard the Fetus!

1. Human beings are also animal. If like in other species, the mother also had to work hard for her food and survival, she would utilize more energy to meet her demands, competing with the fetus for same. This would finally leave less reservoir of energy for the fetus, adversely affecting its development .

2. The hunt for food would have increased the incidences and liklihood of accidents resulting in maternal and fetal trauma.

3. The hormonal changes during pregnancy results in the laxity and unstability of joints and muscles, that may increase the risk of fall.

4. If the mother would experience euphoria and elation, she would be hyperactive, socialize and interact with many people in the society, ultimately increasing her risk of acquiring infections and transmitting them to the fetus.

For the forementioned reasons, possibly the mother nature would have equipped the hormones to produce the unwanted emotional changes in mother, so that she remains isolated and fetus remains safe. Emotional changes especially trouble in first trimester to ensure the safety and development of fetus.


Which mothers are at increased risk of developing emotional unstability?

  • Women conceiving at extremes of age.
  • Unwanted Pregnancy.
  • Recurrent miscarriage or Bad Obstetric History.
  • Pregnancy after infertility treatment.
  • Family disharmony and lack of social and family support.
  • Prepregnancy preexisting psychological or mental problems.
  • Unfavourable work environment for working women.


How to cope up with emotional unstability?

  • Do regular daily exercises.
  • Eat frequent small meals rich in nutrition.
  • Take adequate sleep and rest.
  • Do meditation or Pranayam.
  • Wear loose comfortable cloths.
  • Try to remain in cozy comfortable atmosphere.
  • Listen to light melodious music.
  • Read good books.
  • Prefer company of friends with positive attitude.


The information is shared to create awareness towards Pregnancy and Childcare to reduce maternal and child deaths. Atmost care has been taken by the author to include the verified information from authentic sources. However, kindly discuss the same with your health care provider before implementation.