Have you found yourself feeling angry during pregnancy? Emotions during pregnancy can take you by surprise.
I would find myself getting angry or stressed out over small things and at the audacity of other people. Such irrrational and uncontrollable feelings of anger used to come over me.
Typical pregnancy emotions such as being weepy are well known. I never thought that being angry during pregnancy was a common symptom, until I stumbled across the terms “pregnancy rage” and “prenatal anger”.
Is it normal to feel angry during pregnancy? Talk to other pregnant friends, search it on social media and you will soon realise you are not alone. Pregnancy emotions can start as early as pregnancy week 5 and could continue through to your third trimester.
Managing anger was sometimes hard for me. I remember being on a short flight and we were right in the middle of the plane. So by the time the refreshments trolley arrived they had run out of lemonade… which is what I was so looking forward to. Can you imagine? I was feeling so angry that they didn’t think to serve the pregnant lady first. I wanted to shout at them for being so inconsiderate. Of course I didn’t do that in reality. (I was in pregnancy week 13 so how would they have known anyway). Instead I turned away and cried, hiding my face so nobody would see my emotions. Managing my anger was the only thing I could think about during the rest of the flight. I was completely overcome with this pregnancy emotion. The effect of hormone changes on me lead to huge mood swings!
Many pregnant women are surprised by their emotions and ask the question “how can I control my anger during pregnancy?”
Increased pregnancy hormones, creating emotional havoc. American Pregnancy state that the hormonal upheaval can affect neuro transmitters to the brain responsible for chemicals that regulate our moods.
Feelings of stress or anxiety around our pregnancy can show up as anger. According to WebMD, stress and anxiety could be triggered from morning sickness and tiredness, amongst others (imagine being in a crowded place with people jostling and nudging you and your pregnant belly)
According to an article on PubMed on Fetal Stress it is possible that prenatal anger and stress could affect the health of your unborn child. A study showed that the unborn children of angry mothers were more active and baby growth was at a slower rate. After birth, these babies showed more disrupted sleep patterns.
I have noticed the growing movement of “healings for womb trauma”. Healings for children and adults for trauma in their lives which started from their experience in the womb.
Definitely speak to an expert if you feel you are not managing anger well. Mood swings during pregnancy can be hard to deal with, especially if you keep it to yourself. Not talking about it could lead to more depression and anxiety.
Be careful and get medical advice if you are feeling out of control. Mental health and prenatal mood swings could lead to depression or anxiety in some women, speak out and ask for help.