Your joyous pregnancy news is announced to friends, family and co-workers. But suddenly you are bombarded with a pile of curious, inappropriate and down-right rude questions and comments.
How many of these have you heard?
1. Wow, you're so small, you don't even look pregnant.
2. Wow, you're so big
3. Geez, you look exhausted.
4. Are you hoping for a boy or girl?
5. Are you sure there's only 1 in there?
6. Do you plan to breast feed or bottle feed?
7. You're carrying really low, wide, high
8. You should really have a natural birth/water birth.
9. Oh no, you're due right around a (holiday, birthday, wedding)
10. Good luck, my labour was horrific.
11. Are you going to stay at home with the baby full-time?
12. You know, it's actually 10 months
13. Aren't you too young/old to have a baby?
14. I thought you didn't want children
15. Can I touch your belly?
16. Were you trying?
17. Aww, another boy! Will you try for a girl next?
18. Well when I was pregnant....
19. Have you picked out a name yet?
20. Better enjoy (an activity) before the baby comes
21. Eww, I knew an awful child with that name
22. You really shouldn't eat that.
23. So elephants are pregnant for 22 months, so it's not so bad
24. Sleep now, because you'll never sleep again
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And to finish, here are a few tips of what you could say to a pregnant woman....
1. Wow, you look amazing
2. You are really glowing
3. I hope your pregnancy and birth go smoothly
4. I know you're probably overwhelmed, but I'm here to help in any way.
5. A simple "how are you?" would be nice.
Like this article? Share with family and friends. And perhaps print it out and pop a copy on the office fridge, for those well-meaning but annoying work colleagues.
Picture credit: @birthsenseaustralia