My hormones have taken me hostage…
I’ve been overly-sensitive and emotional about everything lately.
Puppy videos, new baby shoes, baby detergent, soft blankets, cheesy quotes, lullabies, stale chips, Audrey Hepburn…any little thing sets me off into sobs. And not dainty tears either. My round face glistens like a discoball from the random globs of tears and snot.
Thankfully, Jordan hasn’t witnessed too much of it — I silently whimper into a towel or whilst hiding under my shirt. Most of the time, he hasn’t come home from work yet; I then have the freedom to feed and fester in a crazy barrage of feels.
My hormones have hijacked my otherwise tepid temperament.
Of course, as with every pregnancy discomfort I’ve experienced, I googled “evolutionary significance of hormonal mood swings”.
The interwebs replied:
”As the fetus grows, he produces hormones and chemicals that mimic the mother’s hormones with the purpose of controlling and diverting more resources (e.g. blood flow, nutrients blood concentration, etc.) from the mother to himself. Interestingly, the fetus releases these chemicals “at one hundred to one thousand times higher concentration” than the mother would on her own (Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools, The Logic of Deceit and Self Deception in Human Life, 2011). Women’s bodies, in response, have learned to release hormones to counteract or to ignore those chemicals and avoid over investment on the fetus (which would be detrimental to existing siblings and her own life). That suggests that woman and fetus are in a constant struggle for control. Mood swings might be caused by fetal hormones as part of the fetus strategy to ensure that as many resources from the mother are dedicated to him.” – Quora
Sooooooo the fetus has a strategy?
Sounds like the plot of an underwhelming M. Night Shyamalan movie to me.