If you’ve read this far, you’re either really curious about whether or not anger can hurt your baby, or really uninterested and just want this to end. If it’s the former, here’s some information about how your anger affects your baby. I’ll warn you: it sounds pretty dire. Just remember that even though there are a few studies linking anger with preterm birth, the majority of women that experience prenatal anger don’t have problems. Also, getting early counseling is highly recommended if your anger is rooted in not wanting the pregnancy.
Being pregnant can be hard, but when you’re angry it can be even harder. Glo Cooney talks about how anger can affect your pregnancy and what you can do to stop it from happening. She also discusses why it’s essential to get help before pregnancy if your anger is due to feeling unprepared for the baby or for any other reason that could affect the pregnancy itself.
Sweet news: You’re pregnant. Anger sparks up immediately. Oftentimes new mothers find themselves acting on anger followed by guilt. But is it okay to be angry when you’re pregnant? Yes, to a degree. What’s important is recognizing where your anger is coming from and managing it in a way that doesn’t cause harm to your baby.
I’m 40 weeks + 1 day. How can I stop feeling angry, sad and frustrated that I am still pregnant? I feel this way partly because I psych myself out that “today is going to be the day” and the other part is because I am bombarded by so many people every day asking me if he’s here yet. I’ve tried to tell everyone, “you will know when something happens” but I end up crying at the end of the day after an average of 6-10 texts and calls come in. I appreciate that people care and I am grateful that I have people in my life who love me but every “check-in” continues to be another reminder that I’m still pregnant. I also feel really great (physically) and I thank God for that and that’s also making me think something is wrong with me and with my body. I have every intention of having a completely natural labor and delivery and now I am afraid that I am going to have to be induced and that it will result in a c-section. I am having SUCH a hard time feeling at peace right now and going with the flow and every time my phone makes a noise is just creates that pit in my stomach again. People’s reactions to me still being pregnant are making me feel like I have a problem. Like when they say “what the hell!” or “Hurry up!” It’s so frustrating to deal with. How can I enjoy the rest of this pregnancy and feel happy, calm, trusting and at peace? This is my first obviously so I don’t even know what to expect and I did not anticipate feeling like this after having such an awesome pregnancy. Trying to keep all of the good things in perspective but it’s becoming more challenging as each day passes and I can’t imagine feeling like this for another week or two.
Does anyone else feel like this? It’s not just anger that baby is still inside, I actually want to punch people in the face! My mum popped in and I wanted to kick her out, instead, I pretended the toddler needed a nap and screamed into a pillow lol.
My poor husband can’t do anything right, I moan about his breath, his cold hands, his hair, I just feel so irrationally angry!
Tired is another one, I can’t be bothered to even bend over to pick stuff off the floor, all I want to do is sleep. I’ve had every prelabour sign there is over the last two weeks and now I just want to sleep until he’s here – well at least it would stop me punching someone’s face in LOL
Please tell me this rage is a good sign!