teary third trimester mom

I just got a call from a very pregnant mom who said that she was tearing up all through the day and felt embarrassed and generally off-kilter. She was trying to keep her tears under control with mixed success. And I do, of course, have some suggestions.

Most all of us have a lot of stored feelings that are trying to come up and out whenever they can. None of our minds wants to carry around those heavy feelings–neither do our children’s minds–and will find any avenue to unload them.

It seems that whenever our bodies are experiencing something new–new hormones, new experiences–our brain takes advantage and hence the tears.

What to do? Easy. Just let the tears flow for as long as you can. Try to educate your friends, husband, parents and siblings to just stay close and patient while you do this healthy work, because that’s all that it actually is.

There’s some anecdotal evidence that releasing tension is conducive to an easier childbirth. So take advantage.


One thought on “teary third trimester mom

  1. I remember feeling some anxiety and tearing up before my second birth – it is a difficult (and painful) process – knowing it is approaching can be a real emotional challenge! Our lives will never be the same . . . certainly enriched, but also complicated. On top of that the hormonal changes . . . !
    I was asked by my grandchild today if my mother “understood crying”. I had to tell her no, but I was glad my grandchild understood crying well enough to be thinking about it as a positive emotional component of a full life.

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