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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

April is premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) awareness month and it’s something I’ve not talked about much since becoming pregnant again.

PMDD directly corresponds with your menstrual cycle, so in theory you should gain relief during pregnancy. However (and this is merely my personal experience), since PMDD causes an abnormal reaction to normal hormonal changes, whilst you may receive some relief during pregnancy, it’s possible you still have a sensitivity to hormone fluctuations.

As has been the case for me. Some symptoms are worse than ever before, particularly migraine and feelings of hopelessness. The first trimester is often the worst for lots of pregnant women even in the absence of PMDD; the severity in hormonal changes tend to

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