The Reasons Pregnant Women Cry

You know that stereotype that pregnant women are weeping messes of uncontrollable emotion? I used to find that offensive until I was pregnant and I would cry hysterically when I thought about how squirrels sometimes get hit by cars. Turns out those amazing hormones that magically make you a vessel for new life can also make your emotions go completely batshit. Rachel sent me this video that her husband took of her the other night. (I'm sure many of you can relate to the very real emotions she was feeling.) 

You know that stereotype that pregnant women are weeping messes of uncontrollable emotion? I used to find that offensive until I was pregnant and I would cry hysterically when I thought about how squirrels sometimes get hit by cars. Turns out those amazing hormones that magically make you a vessel for new life can also make your emotions go completely batshit. Rachel sent me this video that her husband took of her the other night. (I’m sure many of you can relate to the very real emotions she was feeling.)

I posted it on Facebook and once again you guys proved you’re the funniest broads on the planet as you start sharing your own stories of hysterical pregnancy crying. Here are my favorite comments pulled from the Facebook thread:

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  • Oh, I cried to an amazon customer service representative because they cancelled my baby’s crib ser order (it was actually the manufacturer’s fault), but when I spoke to the poor woman, I choked! Instead of words, full blown sobs came out, so I had to hang up on her. I cried so hard, I had a migraine for two days.

  • Two that I remember clearly… Walking in on my husband watching "the Killing" on Netflix. Watched about a minute while in the room, cried for 10. Then while trying to decide on getting new hardwood floors installed before the baby arrived… Balling in the middle of home depot… there were so many choices…

  • I was inconsolable when I realized that Taco Bell has not put the sour cream I ordered on my burrito. I sat in the car with it unwrapped, bawling, and then flung the open burrito across the highway. My husband could barely drive for laughing so hard and I’ll never know if someone got a bean-smeared windshield that day. Cried all the way back to the drive-thru.

  • I cry much easier now that I’m pregnant, but I absolutely cannot regain my composure once I start laughing. Reading this page, I had to close it 3 times because I was laughing so hard that I had tears streaming down my face.

  • I’ve never been a cry-er until pregnancy. I watched a video on Youtube encouraging organ donation & cried for hours. Then cried again uncontrollably a week later when I was trying to tell my husband about it.

  • I cried because my husband wants to name our first boy Richard (he’s Richard III and he wants a IV) and that means I can’t name our 2nd boy Peter—don’t want a phallic theme in our family names!
    P.S. we settled on William (nicknames Riker for Richard and Liam for William) so it’s all good now. 🙂
    Visiting from LorimerLiving.Com
    XO, Jaclyn

  • I was grocery shopping when I was pregnant with my first. A little Mexican girl, probably 2ish, couldn’t speak English and had lost her parents. I started bawling (which probably scared her more!) and took her to the Safeway customer service counter. They probably thought I was nuts!

  • I cried the other night because the word "nibble" was just so cute…like sobbing (and then running to go pee from sobbing so hard) tears. Why was the word nibble said? I asked husband if I could have some of his Eggo…

  • Damn, so far my big cries have been pretty legit. 1) Bagpiping in line of duty death for Fargo police officer. I thought "I am the dumbest human being alive for agreeing to do this while pregnant. But then one of my bandmates informed me he was basically "that goddamned Indian from the littering commercial" throughout the whole thing. Also, weird waking up sober. 2) Orange is the New Black Season 4. Need I say more?

  • My husband would play cute songs about little girls and babies and what not just so he could see me break down and cry. Jerk….

  • I am 26 weeks pregnant, and every time I hear of an animal dying for any reason I burst into tears. There was a lady on my Facebook mums and bubs group who said she would have to put her dog down and I was bawling when my hubby found me. My brother in law was talking about dissecting a rat when he was at uni (he graduated 2 years ago) and I couldn’t stop crying, hubby put me to bed. Don’t mind people dying, but no animals.

  • I’m exactly 9 1/2 years older than my brother and last month I spent the night in his dorm room 7 months pregnant the night before he graduated. Our mom was killed when he was 6 and I was 16 so everything he has accomplished makes me so proud. Its been a tough 15yrs emotionally financially etc he told me the staff hosted an omelette breakfast bar the day before from 8a-10a for the Seniors and when his group of friends arrived at 9:30 they were told it was over then the professors felt bad and agreed to take 4 more omelette orders 30 min later 3 omelets arrive at the table the staff packs up and leaves and my brother never got his omelette. I cried until it turned into hysterical crying/laughter. It was so sad he didn’t get his omelette I was inconsolable.

  • Haha, oh goodness, such good memories. Although I don’t actually remember too much ridiculous over the top crying whilst pregnant, but I may have to ask my partner about that. I do remember getting stupidly upset about the decor in my bedroom at one point, and that Ada didn’t have a blind in her room yet.

  • My husband and I went to Tim Hortons while I was pregnant and I had been crying (don’t remember why). The cashier could tell I had been upset earlier and gave me a free timbit to cheer me up. When we walked outside I dropped the timbit and burst into tears. I felt so bad because she was so nice to give it to me and I was clumsy and dropped it.
    It was so good of my husband to put up with my hysterical crying over a tiny bit of donut haha.

  • I had a bad day and wanted to listen and sing a song with tons of swearing in it. I found the song… It was the sensored version. So I cried on my drive home about the lack of swearing instead of my bad day.

  • I gotta say it’s slightly mean having pregnant ladies watch that video. Too close to home, man. ?

    I also was wackier postpartum. I remember crying because my husband folded up a cardboard box one of our son’s toys came in. And I remember having a conversation with him asking if he was being meaner than usual because he hurt my feelings multiple times a day.

  • I never cried like that while I was pregnant with my twin girls. The only times I cried were when I had to say goodbye to my husband who couldn’t find a job where I had to be so couldn’t be with me until the last month of my pregnancy and when we lost bids on house after house after house.

    Now after giving birth is another matter. I cried at the smallest of things for about 4 weeks. I cried just because a friend of mine sent me a care package for my little ones and included $100 to boot on top of it all. Breastfeeding hormones are powerful!

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