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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 reasons
  • 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.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the third season of Hell Girl, there is one episode where a mother becomes abusive towards her little step-son after she has become pregnant, since she values her own unborn daughter more than her step-son. The step-son resolves this problem by sending his unborn sister to hell, resulting that his mother becomes nice again. This is actually happiest ending of the entire season.

    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.
  • In the Fairy Tail fanfic Second Son Lucy gets very angry at Natsu after he nearly gets himself killed. He is a little taken off guard by her temper, Gray tells him it is likely the hormones. Keep in mind she went from not being pregnant to being nine months pregnant over the course of one night so she may be a little on edge to begin with and Natsu's reckless behavior doesn't help.

    Film — Live-Action 

    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.
  • In The Wheel of Time, Elayne Trakand gets pregnant in Book 9 and nearly all of her POV segments involve her trying to fight off her various mood swings as a result, especially while she's vying for the throne of her home country.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Frasier, at least in the pair of episodes involving Maris (and her eventual murder and imprisonment), when Daphne became pregnant, her fuse became shorter.
  • Friends:
    • When Phoebe chooses to become a surrogate mother for her brother Frank, she becomes even 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).
  • In Happy!, Amanda tries to invoke this toward Nick and Hailey to explain away her erratic behavior, which is actually brought on by drug addiction.
  • How I Met Your Mother: It becomes a plot point during Lily's pregnancy that she begins to act very irrationally and scrambling her words, which the others blame on "pregnancy brain". On Halloween, she answers the door and gives the trick-or-treaters a stapler, and later realizes what she has done and starts crying because she misses the stapler.
    Lily: I've got pregnancy brain like a fiddle and I've been playing you like a fox.
  • 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.
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    Webcomics 
  • This is touched on in Queen of Wands during Shannon's pregnancy; her mood swings in at least one strip utterly baffle Kestrel, who decides that a woman's sanity must be directly inverse to the occupancy of her uterus.
     Western Animation 
  • In a cutaway on Family Guy, a pregnant Lois is seen laughing, hysterically sobbing then puking wildly when Chris asks about his lost jacket.

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