Crying game: the unexpected things that make pregnant women teary

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Channel Nine presenter Erin Molan is currently pregnant with her first baby and she's really feeling the feels.

So much so, that even the slightest thing can set her off into a pool of tears.

"I thought I was pretty cray-cray prior, but I tell you it's next level (now)," Erin reportedly told BW magazine.

"The other week we were driving back to from Canberra and I started crying because I saw a dead tree branch!"

Naomi Dorland, mother of twins Oliver and Alexis and founder of Twinfo, can relate.

When she was pregnant with her babies, she would tear up at every 'good news' story.

"Oh gosh - everything that had a happy ending made me cry," the 42 year-old says.

"I remember a horse being stuck in a dam and having to have a crane to get it out, and I cried when it was rescued. 

"I remember some firemen rescuing some ducklings from a drain and the mother duck was reunited with her six ducklings - I cried for hours after that!"

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Naomi was so affected by good news stories, she stopped watching the news after the first ten minutes. (Interestingly, she could handle the 'bad' news, just not the 'good' stuff.)

Eva* had a similar experience.

While pregnant, she cried every time she heard about a footy team winning.

"I normally hated sport, so I didn't care at all about who would win or lose. But if I walked past the TV and heard about a team winning, I'd cry."

Kleenex ads had the same effect on the 46 year-old mother of two.

Ads are a common tearjerker when you're expecting.

Issy Kerr is a 34 year-old mother of two and founder of Seriously Milestones.

She says "every single time" she saw the Tattslotto ad - where the dad pays off his pregnant daughter's house - she would "lose it".

"If there were people over I literally had to bite my tongue to stop the tears."

Clinical Psychologist Kirstin Bouse, author of The Conscious Mother, says it's common to cry at the drop of a hat when you're expecting – and for good reason.

Growing a baby is, of course, a profound experience.

"And the intensity of this love and connection – and often the worry that comes with it – can be overwhelming in itself."

Not to mention the smorgasbord of hormones you're dealing with.

In fact, Bouse herself recounts losing her car keys once while pregnant, and crying when she found them in the freezer.

"I didn't even know they were missing but it felt like such a reunion!"

While there are a plethora of reasons why pregnant women can bawl, Bouse says most women can "feel" the difference between this kind of hormonal crying and more serious reasons for tearing up.

"It comes down to the frequency they are crying, the intensity and the reason."

However, she says if you're crying because you're constantly stressed, overwhelmed, emotionally hurt, anxious or depressed, you should seek help.

You should also seek help if you believe you're feeling, behaving or living very differently to how you normally would, as that might also be a sign something may be amiss.

Mind you, she's keen to note that crying itself is not an essential criterion for a diagnosis of depression.

"In fact, sometimes depressed people can't cry or feeling anything other than numb."

So if you get teary every time you see a Kleenex ad - or whenever you drive past a dead tree branch – but are not otherwise worried about your emotional state, don't stress.

As Bouse says, when you're awash with hormones and the heightened emotions you feel when growing a new life - and you add in the fact you're standing on the precipice of your life changing - "It doesn't take much to tip [you] into tears".