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In early preg. Having mood swings and very emotional. Can this hurt the preg?

In early preg. Having mood swings and very emotional. Can this hurt the preg?

Probably not: Ncreased emitionality during preg can be due hormonal changes and due to psychological stress of adapting to changing life-roles. Women have been experiencing these challenges for millennia without harming pregnancy. However, if this is disabling, i.e. Keeping you from doing things you normally would, it might warrant an intervention. Best to discuss this with your obgyn soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Are mood swings common in pregnancy?

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Are mood swings common in pregnancy?

Moods in preg.: Depends on several factors, such as prior history of mood changes, general health, support system, any complications during gestation, and expectations regarding the future. ...Read more

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I'm in my second trimester of pregnancy. I'm very happy for baby! are these emotions common in pregnancy?

I'm in my second trimester of pregnancy. I'm very happy for baby! are these emotions common in pregnancy?

Yes: It is wonderful to be happy about your baby, and many other women feel this way when pregnant too. If you have any concerns at all about your emotions in pregnancy, be sure to tell your obgyn physician. ...Read more

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Sudden changes in emotion? One moment sad, the next angry? Not pregnant, never had sex

Sudden changes in emotion? One moment sad, the next angry? Not pregnant, never had sex

Please see doctor: Thank you for reaching out to someone (us, at least). You've asked several similar questions today. At 16, though, you need your parents' assistance to see your doctor about all this. Your doctor needs to make sure your general health is good, and to help get you effective psychiatric and/or psychological evaluation ; treatment so you can feel better. Please tell your parents you need help. ...Read more

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Positive home pregnancy test today. Do a lot of 2 person transfer at work. Is that safe in early pregnancy.

Positive home pregnancy test today. Do a lot of 2 person transfer at work. Is that safe in early pregnancy.

Lifting in pregnancy: Prior to 20 wks gestation lifting, solo or 2 person, would not pose a threat unless you were diagnosed with an incompetent cervix, had a cerclage, or some other medical condition that prevented you from lifting before pregnancy. After 20 wk, we generally recommend that someone not lift solo in excess of 25 pounds repetitively. ...Read more

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Can being stressed out cause uterine cramping in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy?

Can being stressed out cause uterine cramping in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy?

Pregnancy cramping: The main cause of pregnancy cramping early in pregnancy is the uterus "stretching" to accommodate fetal growth. Stress can cause indirect cramping as the uterus is not under direct control via the nerve pathways. However, if the body is undergoing an acute stress there can be some indirectly caused cramping. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy tests read "not pregnant" when in reality you are pregnant? What are the odds of a pregnancy test being wrong?

Can pregnancy tests read "not pregnant" when in reality you are pregnant? What are the odds of a pregnancy test being wrong?

Pregnancy test: A home urine pregnancy test won't turn positive until 10-14 days after conception. Using the 1st urine of the morning will concentrate the beta-HCG hormone in the urine. The home pregnancy test is highly effective. ...Read more

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Can extreme mood swings be a sign of early pregnancy? Only 3 days past ovulation but I feel so angry & moody a certain time of the night.

Can extreme mood swings be a sign of early pregnancy? Only 3 days past ovulation but I feel so angry & moody a certain time of the night.

Neither one: is a reliable sign of pregnancy 3 days after ovulation; nothing is reliable 3 days after ovulation. A pregnancy test is reliable 11-12 days after ovulation., nothing can be counted on before that. good luck, either way. ...Read more

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Depression..Regular mood swings&.I feel low most of the time, i feel lonely even if I am in a group of thousands&=..Bad headache.

Depression..Regular mood swings&.I feel low most of the time, i feel lonely even if I am in a group of thousands&=..Bad headache.

Multiple types: There are multiple types of depression. At your age it could be a sign of manic/depression. This usually is depression ccycling with extreme happiness then depression, meds. Also seasonal depression. This type of depression is characterized by depressive moods in the winter where there are shorter days and longer nights. This trype can be treated with light therapy. Of course losses cause depressi. ...Read more

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Is depression always connected to emotions eg(i'm sad that my cat died i become depressed) or experiences; eg(i witness the death of my mother)

Is depression always connected to emotions eg(i'm sad that my cat died i become depressed) or experiences; eg(i witness the death of my mother)

Absolutely-common: May also be related yo hormonal changes'-at your ages you may need to learn to master the sense of losses--which is part of life experience. ...Read more

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Could depression during pregnancy cause low cortisol levels in the baby?

Could depression during pregnancy cause low cortisol levels in the baby?

No: One study shows that infants of depressed mothers actually had slightly higher cortisol levels than others, especially if the mom had anxiety also: http://tinyurl.Com/k5cgwfo these changes no longer existed at 18 mo, perhaps when the infants' self-regulatory abilities kick in. Maternal depression can have other effects on infant development, though: http://tinyurl.Com/ltlfasx. ...Read more

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Very emotional all of a sudden.could I be pregnant?heartburn,verygassy,constipation&change in appetite&nausea,but ngt pgncy test.am1wk after ovulation

Very emotional all of a sudden.could I be pregnant?heartburn,verygassy,constipation&change in appetite&nausea,but ngt pgncy test.am1wk after ovulation

Repeat pg test: Do the pregnancy test again, when the package says it is accurate. Follow the instructions exactly. You can also repeat it a week later, if negative, to verify. You may have checked it too soon. It is also too early to have symptoms of pregnancy. The thought of being pregnant, is enough to make people emotional sometimes! ...Read more

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Feeling sick during pregnancy in second trimestart?

Feeling sick during pregnancy in second trimestart?

More specific: We need to know more information about "how" you are feeling sick. If you are having bleeding, fever, vaginal discharge, or severe cramping, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital. If it is mild nausea, sciatica, mild back pain or other mild symptoms, this might just be symptoms from your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Feeling down, tired of life, distressed, some sleep disturbances during working days, some weight gain and have rare suicidal ideation.Am i depressed?

Feeling down, tired of life, distressed, some sleep disturbances during working days, some weight gain and have rare suicidal ideation.Am i depressed?

Depression: Your description does sound like you could be depressed -- suicidal ideation is definitely an alarm sign. It would be a good idea to see your physician about this to start checking your overall health. More definitive treatment can come through a psychiatrist and/or psychologist. Both psychotherapy and medications can be very effective. If suicidal thoughts increase, be seen in an er. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

No evidence found: No peer-reviewed scientific studies implicate venlafaxine as a teratogen or an epigenetic factor in autism. Venlafaxine, an snri, & most ssri antidepressants. Are class c because their use during the 3rd trimester may cause transient withdrawal-type symptoms in a neonate vs. A 67% recurrence of maternal depression if withdrawn abruptly. Lawyers can and do attack drug companies without evidence. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more