Pregnancy Related Mood SwingsThe time of pregnancy can be a mood altering change for many women. While most of this
is linked to the rapid change in hormones. Prevalence of depression during pregnancy varies
between 4 and 7.6 percent. The incidence of prenatal depression seems to be increased in the
first trimester, suggesting that this is a time of maximum vulnerability to depression. However, depressive
symptoms is estimated to occur in 8 to 38 percent of pregnant women.
It is common to get "the blues" from time to time. Sadness is a normal part of life. Pregnancy
has been depicted in the media as a time when women bloom and get rosy complexions.
This rosy picture is often far from the truth. Pregnancy is a life-altering event and a prelude to
one of life's largest and most intense undertakings. Women can be overwhelmed with the spectrum
of physical changes taking place and the psychological adaptation necessary to accommodate pending
Women need extra support from spouses, friends and family during pregnancy, as well as several
months postpartum. If there are other coincidental issues such as financial instability or marital or family
discord, job dissatisfaction or maternal or family health concerns, this "pile-up" of stressors can induce a
chronic state of sadness and hopelessness known as clinical depression.
It is common for a woman's mood to change quickly in pregnancy. These mood swings may be caused
by hormone changes or thoughts about new responsibilities of motherhood. Perhaps the worst thing about
mood swings is that they are unpredictable. A minor problem may not bother you one day and may have you
in tears the next. Not knowing how you will react to a situation makes it hard on you, your family, and your friends.
These changes are not something you can always control, so do not blame yourself if you are often
teary or short tempered. The hormones that are needed to support your pregnancy form a complex system.
Levels of some hormones are rising, while levels of others are falling. These changes are needed to
bring about all the different stages of your pregnancy. When hormones control so many functions in
the body, it makes sense that these constantly changing levels will affect you. Although pregnancy
is supposed to be a happy time, for some woman it can be a trying and stressful time.
As Muslims, Islam has placed great importance to bringing up and correctly educating children,
and this should begin before the creation of the child. Before marital relations, a supplication has
been provided by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which is to protect the potential
child from the whispers of shaytaan. The supplication in English is: "In the name of Allah. O Allah
protect us from satan and protect whatever You bestow us with from satan." If it is decreed that the
couple are to have a child then satan will never be able to harm it.
The pregnant women is supposed to give importance to preserving her own health, since in her
health and bodily well being lies the well-being of the child in her womb. The pregnant women is
freed from the obligation to fast during the month of Ramadan if it will cause harm to the fetus. She
is instructed to fast later or to give food to the poor instead. This is found in the hadith: Allah has remitted
half the prayer to the traveller, and fasting to the traveller, the woman breast-feeding and the pregnant.
(Reported by Abu Daawood (E.T. 2/660/2402), al-tirmidhee and an-Nasaaee. Shaikh al-Albaanee
said in 'al -Mishkaat 'its chain of narration is good.'