YouTube videos of puppies, the final 50 pages of Where the Red Fern Grows, literally any episode of Grey's Anatomy – these are things for which any human with a functioning heart would easily shed a tear.
But when you are pregnant? Well, the parameters for what is worthy of a good cry are blown wide open. From being served the wrong entree at a restaurant to butt-dialing your mum by accident, literally nothing is too benign or innocuous to negate the need for an emotional meltdown. Here, a smattering of the things that shouldn't faze a normal adult female but have made me – and likely you, too – sob hysterically while pregnant.
1. Ads with animals that aren't classically "cute"
Sorry, but it's no bizarre feat to cry over a cute Budweiser commercial with a runaway puppy or a basket full of kittens. When I cried at a teaser trailer for Shark Week and started sobbing at the sight of a muddy, trash-eating pig in a Febreze TV spot, I knew I was knocked up.
2. Not knowing what you want to do that day
If Saturday comes and I have nothing planned and someone asks me what I want to do, it's as if I had all week to study for a big exam and then completely forgot about it, overslept, and lost all my notes.
3. A poor internet connection
Why is it taking so long to load Facebook on my phone?!?!
4. Thinking the supermarket opens at 8am. When it actually opens at 9am.
Is everyone seriously out to ruin me?!
5. People telling you to "rest up!"
Oh, I didn't realise that in order to get some R&R, all I had to do was sleep (but only on my side and never on my back unless I want to suffocate my unborn baby) and not get up (despite having to pee upwards of five times a night). Thanks for the tip.
6. When you finish eating a sandwich
It was so delicious, and then it was just . . . gone. Just like that.
7. Not being offered a seat on public transportation
Excuse me, sir. I'm sorry if my giant belly is teetering on this overcrowded train a mere 4cm from your face. I know you are trying your damnedest to not look at it so that you can continue manspreading and nervously scrolling around on your iPhone as if you are actually reading some vitally important email while I maintain a piercing stare. No, don't mind me.
8. Being offered a seat on public transportation
There is good in the world, and it comes in the form of a middle-aged woman who has clearly been there before.
9. When you can't put on your own shoes
The day that I can no longer bend over to the degree necessary to put anything other than flip-flops on my swollen feet is not a good day. Neither is every day following that day.
10. The entirety of your closet
What once brought me immense joy quickly turns into a daily torture device. For some reason, I'd still peek in there every morning as if I had no idea that none of the clothes currently fit me . . . or that they might never fit again. Cue tears, round two.
11. That time your partner did something
I don't even know exactly what he did, or if it was right or wrong. But it was done and I am emotional about it.
12. No longer being able to see your vagina
It's not like I even need to be able to see it these days, but the fact that it's just plain physically impossible to keep tabs on the area of your body that will soon serve as the official exit point of your entire pregnancy is a truly mind-numbing realisation.
13. Daylight saving time
You are just going to take an hour away from me... just like that?! Do you know what kind of deadline I'm on right now?!
Seeing someone else cry – even if it's a complete stranger in the park or a melodramatic character from a Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy) series – is a pregnant woman's kryptonite.