Being emotional during pregnancy is a normal reaction

Before you consider the question of why it’s okay to be emotional during pregnancy you should first consider whether it’s possible to not be emotional during pregnancy. You may as well ask if you can change the sun into the moon.  Once you are pregnant you don’t have a choice over how emotional you are. All control goes out of the window. Your hormones are raging in a way that they haven’t since early adolescence.

Consider that you are building a brand new person every minute of every day. Up to the third month of pregnancy, when the placenta is fully formed, you are supporting and nurturing that baby unaided, your body may be fighting against the baby and your brain is releasing all sorts of hormones to aid and hinder the pregnancy. You’re not getting enough sleep and the morning sickness is constant and horrendous.

So what makes you burst into tears, or stamp your feet, when do you get really angry? Well this is different for different people. It could be a sad scene from a TV programme or film. It could be your partner’s indifference to your feelings, it could be an inability to open a jar or packet or your reaction to your changing shape. You know that your reaction is over the top, but you can’t help it. You know despite all the tears and tantrums that your partner loves you, what happens on TV or film doesn’t matter, that it’s ridiculous that you’re crying over a jar of something and that you look increasingly beautiful as your natural form adapts to the needs of your unborn child.

It’s perfectly fine to sit down and cry, you’ll find that if you just let go and sob or scream or shout, you’ll feel a great sense of relief and you’ll get a slightly greater interval until you next burst into tears.

If you’re the father of the unborn baby and your looking at your pregnant lady with a mixture of horror and confusion as she bursts into yet another tearful tantrum because you didn’t hug her when you came in, or she’s watching a chick flick, or she simply can’t open the jar of peanut butter, consider the battle that is going on inside her.

Offer her help and comfort but don’t be offended if she reacts angrily, it should all subside within a few months after the birth and then it’ll be your turn to be a little fractious as you deal with sleepless nights and the huge fears that go hand-in-hand with your love for your baby.