I remember waiting for my husband, Serge, to get home from an all-day fishing trip. I was several months pregnant with our daughter and I was certain he was dead, absolutely certain.
I sat on the couch that rested beneath our front window and redialed his cell phone for the bazzilionth time. “Hi, this is Serge, leave a message…”
I looked at our dog Max and burst into tears. “He’s dead, Max, I know he’s dead!”
I can laugh about it now, but I remember how terrified I was at the time, envisioning a tidal wave of water sweeping Serge downstream and drowning him, or a fiery car crash on the way home. I wept for myself, the single mother who would have to forge bravely ahead with our daughter, alone. I cried for the daughter who would grow up without a dad.
What a melodramatic, hormonal idiot.
But maybe pregnancy hormones are nothing to laugh about. A 7 months pregnant woman recently admitted to pushing her husband out a 17 story window. As Sunny Chanel reports over on Strollerderby, “pregnancy can lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety, two powerful emotional states that could lead a woman to do some pretty crazy stuff. Her defense attorneys will surely use, or explore using, a plea of insanity since it could be argues she was not in a right state of mind.”
So yeah, pushing your husband out a window is a hop, skip and a jump ahead of thinking he died on a fishing trip. But ask any pregnant woman if she behaved crazily while pregnant and attributes it to hormones and the stories come rolling in.
Julie Westgate says her nutty behavior involved something most of us think makes life a lot easier, especially when pregnant and fat. “I developed an unnatural fear of microwaves and threatened to move out of the house until my husband removed it and put it in the cellar.”
There must be a microwave thing… Crystal Checketts Peters says “I had constant visions of sticking cats in them and watching them explode. I wouldn’t cook anything in them while I was pregnant and the smell of someone else using them made me sick!”
Maggie May Ethridge can laugh about it now, but at the time, she was certain her husband was hot for the woman who performed their ultrasound. “During a nerve-wracking ultrasound in my eighth month with our fourth baby, I threw a sulking fit because I thought my husband was horny for the skinny ultrasound tech. Sigh. She was pretty and NOT pregnant, and my husband could only sputter ‘but she has old hands!”
Ha! So I’m glad to hear I’m not alone. Although I’ve yet to hear about a pregnant woman becoming emotional over a Kid Rock song. I may have done that. Just the once.
What about you? What’s the craziest thing you did while pregnant that you chalk up to the hormones?