Emotional ups and downs in pregnancy

OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, explains the causes of mood swings during pregnancy, and what the typical emotional changes are during each trimester
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Emotional ups and downs in pregnancy

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Emotional up and downs are to be expected during pregnancy. We usually break pregnancy into three trimesters. So we find that the first trimester tends to be a little bit sluggish – you're nervous, you don't feel the baby moving, so there's a lot of anxiety. The second trimester, there's a lot of elation, because you do feel the baby moving and you're starting to feel better and then there's some anxiety and emotional ups and downs. And the third trimester is you get nervous about actually being a parent. And I think the most important thing with all the emotional ups and downs is to have a supportive person in your life, whether it's your partner or a parent, to have somebody there to understand that there are going to be ups and downs and they're to be expected and there's people near you to support you with these ups and downs.

OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, explains the causes of mood swings during pregnancy, and what the typical emotional changes are during each trimester

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Jay Goldberg, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Dr. Jay Goldberg is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Goldberg earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1996 after completing his undergraduate education at the University of California-San Diego. His internship and residency training took place at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles.

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