Being extra emotional is an almost cliche side-effect of pregnancy — but it's a real one! Just ask Porsha Williams, who felt downright murderous when her fiancé nearly finished off her banana pudding while she was still pregnant with baby Pilar Jhena. Tamron Hall can also relate to this one.
A source who was at a recent event with the pregnant TV host told Page Six:" [Tamron] was literally glowing. She shared that being pregnant makes her cry all the time. Sunny [Hostin] congratulated her and shared mom stories, saying, ‘Oh I know all about the tears!"
Well, there's a reason for the tears. It's no secret that pregnancy creates major hormonal changes. But in addition to that, as What to Expect points out, being pregnant makes for a super intense nine months. Along with some giddy anticipation, there's also so much uncertainty during that time: How will your job take the news? How will the baby affect your relationship with your existing family? Is there lead in that paint? It's no wonder that most women experience several mood swings a day.
With all those quickly alternating emotions — joy, anxiety, fear, and on and on — it's no wonder that some weepiness occurs. Dr. Mary Kimmel, medical director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, spoke to LiveScience about some of the biological factors behind the waterworks:
"Pregnancy is a transition point in a woman's life and during any transition, a person's emotions can be up and down," Kimmel said. "Some women are sensitive to changes in estrogen, while others are affected by rising levels of progesterone or stress hormones."
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