Mixed Feelings About Your Pregnancy

Most mothers-to-be are very excited about being pregnant. You may find yourself daydreaming about the baby--for hours. You may want to spend your work day on the Internet reading articles about pregnancy or stories about young babies, or ordering maternity clothes and baby supplies. It can be hard to focus on work.

But negative or mixed feelings are also totally normal in early pregnancy. Even happy, financially secure couples with planned and desired pregnancies can feel dread, anxiety and ambivalence. Families with money trouble, relationship issues, or work stress may be overwhelmed at the thought of what's to come. Negative thoughts are common early in pregnancy, and don't harm your growing baby.

Talking to friends and family can often help you to understand your intense feelings. If you are suffering emotionally or not functioning in your daily life, talk to your doctor or midwife to get professional help. If you are just surprised by this experience, the best advice is to notice and accept what you are feeling, and realize that intense emotions and swings in your mood are normal at this time. After all, you are growing a whole new person inside of you-someone who will affect your life forever.

As the pregnancy progresses, you will probably feel more settled, and hopefully will start to get excited about your baby-to-be.