The emotional rollercoaster
While you're just starting to accept your pregnancy's impact on your life, your body is busy nourishing your child's development and their ever-growing womb-studio. This is a process that leaves you more tired and spaced than usual as your hormones spike and sputter more dramatically than they did during puberty.
These intense hormonal fluctuations have a tremendous impact on your mood, cognitive clarity and emotional reactions, as well as effecting your digestion, skin quality, hair growth, bone density and a myriad of downstream consequences of which we’re only beginning to discover.
Emotionally, it's not unusual to swing from a sense of elation and excitement to one of anxiety and mild depression. It's also not unusual to feel irritable and quick to tears, your heightened hormone levels are competing for a chance to turn you into a wild-eyed crazy lady: between increases in cortisol (the stress hormone) and counteracting releases in progesterone (which slow your brain down) making it more difficult to be rational much less remind yourself to be civil.
Trust us: the first one is the worst one... the first trimester, that is. That’s when you’re wound up and nauseous and exhausted all at once. It’s just the necessary adjustment phase and most of us weather it just fine, hitting our stride in the second trimester with renewed energy levels and that adorable bump that signals a new life has really started growing.
Once your spectacular body is done building the placenta near the final third of your first trimester, your fatigue and nausea will begin to noticeably abate and your emotions will steady as the placenta’s own hormone factory starts chugging, giving your brain and accompanying emotions some much needed bolstering.
That's when most women experience the pregnancy glow and surge of positive emotions all thanks to the placenta's additional hormones.
Hang on woman, it gets better!