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Kinds of Psychological Changes

Last Updated on Dec 18, 2019
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What Psychological Changes occur in Pregnancy?

Mood swings, anxiety, and stress are common psychological changes during pregnancy.

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Changes in the body image, hormones and one’s attitude towards cultural pressures and expectations lead to emotional changes in pregnancy.

Psychological Changes in the First Trimester of Pregnancy include -

  • Mood swings
  • Feeling irritable and snappish
  • Panic attacks and feelings of anxiety
  • Bouts of feeling unsure and panicky
  • Extreme reactions to minor things and even crying
  • Heightened stress and anxiety due to the fear of miscarriage, especially if there is a previous history of miscarriage
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Psychological Changes in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy include -

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  • A sense of general well-being develops as the fear of miscarriage disappears and the physical discomforts of the first trimester have diminished
  • Worry about the weight gain
  • Self-doubts and lowering of self-image

Psychological Changes in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy include -

  • Increased anxiety and concern about labor and the delivery, especially in first-time mothers
  • Difficulty in concentration at the task in hand
  • Anxiety about the baby’s health
  • Experiencing strange dreams

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