And that circulatory system that was just starting to form last week? Well, this week it may be fully functioning, with a tiny heart pulsing 100 to 160 times each minute. Additionally, she’s starting to develop buds that will eventually grow into arms and legs, as well as a pituitary gland that will spur the formation of muscles, bones and a brain.
If your mind keeps wandering between feelings of elation and anxiety, you should know that this is normal. You may be excited wondering whether your baby will have your mother’s nose or your partner’s eyes—and concerned about the big life changes ahead of you. Many women feel continual mood shifts at this point in pregnancy.
Mood swings occur for a number of reasons, both external and internal. If there are things happening around you, such as problems at work or family issues, they can seem even more intense in light of your pregnancy. Don’t think that you need to suffer in silence during these conflicts. Consider talking things over with your partner, a close friend, your health care professional or a licensed counselor.
But your may also be related to hormone fluctuations, which can make you dancing-on-the-tabletops happy one minute and sobbing-in-the-fetal-position sad the next. It may help to remind yourself that your shifting emotions are a perfectly normal part of pregnancy. Additionally, relaxing activities like taking a nap, going for a walk, getting a massage or doing some light yoga can help slow your thought process and bring your mind back to its normal state.
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