I didn’t always buy into the clichés about women being emotional roller coasters due to pregnancy or post-partum hormones. After all, I was still myself during my pregnancies, albeit with a shorter temper and a fuzzier memory. Really, I thought the stereotype was one more way for people to joke about a woman’s mental state without exploring the real reason for her hurt feelings or emotional outburst. A pregnant woman’s PMS, if you will.
But after my second child was born, I couldn’t deny that I had become what I previously thought was merely a sitcom-created mothering myth: a post-partum crier.