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Pregnancy hormones make you act extremely weird.

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pidget_spinner on Mar 13th 2019 at 11:53:20 AM
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pidget_spinner on 16 hours ago
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When a woman becomes pregnant, her hormones kick into overdrive. While helpful to the baby, this can result in her brain acting rather oddly. Common ways this can manifest include:

  • Becoming extremely irritable
  • Crying easily for silly reason
  • Acting loopy
  • Just plain stupidity
Her friends and family, particularly her husband, will most often be the audience for her moods, and you can expect ensuing shenanigans to be played for laughs.

Compare All Periods Are PMS and Wacky Cravings.


Examples

Fan Works

  • Zigzagged in The Addams Family fanfiction Morticia Is Pregnant. While pregnant with Pugsley, Morticia wears shorts instead of her normal dress and she becomes much lazier. The others point out that this behavior is unusual, which suggests that it's because of the pregnancy, but Morticia acts Out of Character in moments when she isn't even pregnant and a lot of other characters are out-of-character too, so it's hard to tell.

Literature

  • In Mr Monk And The Blue Flu, Natalie goes clothes shopping with her boss and a heavily pregnant woman rudely snatches a blouse Natalie wanted for Julie away from her. Natalie tries to take it in stride, telling herself that hormones can affect people nastily and the other woman might be very friendly otherwise. However, then Monk deduces that the woman is part of a shoplifting ring and her "baby bump" actually contains a bunch of stolen merchandise, including the blouse, which Natalie triumphantly reclaims.

Live-Action TV

  • Friends:
    • When Phoebe chooses to become a surrogate mother for her brother Frank, she becomes more eccentric than usual. At one point, her friends decide to throw her a baby shower, to which she reacts by laughing hysterically, then crying for no reason.
      Phoebe: (sobbing) I don't know why...
    • For the most part averted when Rachel is pregnant with Emma, but towards the end (especially when she is overdue) she becomes very cranky and snaps at everyone for little things like breathing too loudly.
      Ross: You know, we should probably ask the doctor if she even knows how to deliver a baby that's half human, half pure evil.
  • Game of Thrones: Cersei is known to be pregnant as the end of season 7. While this doesn't explain her increasing Stupid Evil tendencies, it certainly couldn't have helped to restrain them (at one point she comes close to ordering the execution of her brother, lover and only ally Jaime).
  • How I Met Your Mother: It becomes a plot point during Lily's pregnancy that she begins to act very irrationally, which the others call "pregnancy brain". On Halloween, she answers the door and gives the trick-o-treaters a stapler, and later realizes what she has done and starts crying because she misses the stapler.
  • In the I Love Lucy episode "Pregnant Women are Unpredictable", Lucy becomes insecure when Ricky gives their unborn child a lot of attention. Someone advises Ricky to pay attention to Lucy and only her for a while. This seems to cheer her up, but partway through dinner, she breaks down crying because Ricky hasn't talked about the baby at all and must not love him/her.

Feedback: 7 replies

Mar 13th 2019 at 12:25:34 PM

In Mr Monk And The Blue Flu, Natalie goes clothes shopping with her boss and a heavily pregnant woman rudely snatches a blouse Natalie wanted for Julie away from her. Natalie tries to take it in stride, telling herself that hormones can affect people nastily and the other woman might be very friendly otherwise. However, then Monk deduces that the woman is part of a shoplifting ring and her "baby bump" actually contains a bunch of stolen merchandise, including the blouse, which Natalie triumphantly reclaims.

Mar 13th 2019 at 9:28:35 PM

Bombing only because I think 4 hats at this point is a little excessive. The draft is fine, I'll definitely hat this later when more examples are added.

Mar 14th 2019 at 11:32:21 AM

In the I Love Lucy episode "Pregnant Women are Unpredictable", Lucy becomes insecure when Ricky gives their unborn child a lot of attention. Someone advises Ricky to pay attention to Lucy and only her for a while. This seems to cheer her up, but partway through dinner, she breaks down crying because Ricky hasn't talked about the baby at all and must not love him/her.

Mar 14th 2019 at 9:12:58 PM

  • Zigzagged in The Addams Family fanfiction Morticia Is Pregnant. While pregnant with Pugsley, Morticia wears shorts instead of her normal dress and she becomes much lazier. The others point out that this behavior is unusual, which suggests that it's because of the pregnancy, but Morticia acts Out Of Character in moments when she isn't even pregnant and a lot of other characters are out-of-character too, so it's hard to tell.

Mar 17th 2019 at 1:39:08 AM

Game Of Thrones: Cersei is known to be pregnant as the end of season 7. While this doesn't explain her increasing Stupid Evil tendencies, it certainly couldn't have helped to restrain them (at one point she comes close to ordering the execution of her brother, lover and only ally Jaime).

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