Pregnancy can be filled with emotions, and from one trimester to another trimester those emotions can change. With each pregnant woman the emotions can vary as well depending upon how the pregnancy is progressing. As a mom of two children, my two pregnancies were different emotionally from each other.
During the first trimester your pregnancy emotions may be all over the place. You may feel happy and excited, or you may feel depressed and fearful. You may be happy and excited because you are going to be a mom to a child you will raise as your own. You may be depressed and fearful because your hormones are messing with your body and you are scared of the unknown, of whether your baby will be born healthy.
With both of my pregnancies I was lucky and didn’t have to deal with morning sickness, just some nausea every once in a while. Of course, fatigue hit me hard in both pregnancies. Your body is going through so much those first three months that you are bound to be tired. My first pregnancy was filled with excitement and happiness for me because I was finally going to be the mom I had always dreamed of being. I was going to bring another little person into this world that I could nurture and make her my own. My second pregnancy wasn’t as joyful and exciting because I had suffered a miscarriage between the two pregnancies. I was more fearful not knowing whether I would make it to the end of the trimester that time. I didn’t tell anyone other than my parents that I was pregnant for fear that something might happen to that baby as well.
Your emotions simmer down for the most part in the second trimester of your pregnancy. You come to a more peaceful time in the pregnancy because you begin feeling the baby move, morning sickness has passed, and fatigue isn’t quite as bad. If you have had a miscarriage in the past, you show relief that you made it through the first trimester and begin telling other family and friends your great news.
During the second trimester in the first pregnancy I felt content and just plodded along preparing for the baby’s arrival a little at a time. The second pregnancy proved to be different. While I was content just as I was in the first one, the baby enjoyed sitting on my sciatic nerve and making me uncomfortable in the process. I had problems sitting or laying so my fatigue continued into this trimester. At the same time I craved Mexican food so I either ignored my craving or ate it and paid for it with heartburn later. Needless to say, I usually didn’t ignore the craving and ate Tums to relieve the heartburn.
The pregnancy emotions in the third trimester bounce between anxious and happy. You are happy because the baby will arrive soon and anxious at the same time because you wonder if your baby will be healthy. As your belly continues to grow, you feel unattractive to your spouse or partner. Depending upon how you are as a person, you may even feel helpless when people want to help you do things and you prefer to do things on your own.
My third trimester’s pregnancy emotions were just as mixed as could be. My first pregnancy’s anxiety was due to the unknown of how labor and delivery would be. I was so excited to be seeing my first child, my daughter, that I didn’t really have time to think about much else. My second pregnancy was filled with more anxiety, especially knowing that I had miscarried between the two pregnancies. I worried more through this pregnancy, hoping the baby would be born as healthy as my first child had been. I don’t remember feeling unattractive to my spouse, but I do remember feeling a little helpless because people wanted to do things for me. I knew they were only doing it because I was pregnant. I am a person who prefers to do things herself so I wasn’t really open for the help.
As you go through your pregnancy trimester by trimester, your emotions will change as your body grows accustomed to having this baby develop inside of you. You will feel different emotions as you await the arrival of your baby. Just remember to enjoy these moments as a time of memories that you will create for you and your child no matter what you are feeling.