I know people mean well, but after two pregnancies in two years I can definitely say that there are some things I wish people would never say to pregnant women. Here is a list just to clear up some things you should never say to a pregnant women:
1.“Are you sure it’s not twins?”
2.“Are you sure they have your due date right?”
3.“You’re going to have your hands full!” (As they look at my 1 year old.)
4.“Was it planned?”
5.“You had a natural birth last time? Was that planned? And you seriously want to do it again? Come on–just ask for the epidural! What are you trying to prove?”…..seriously? You want me to answer you?
6.“You look like you are due any day now! Do you really have three more months?!”
7.“I was all belly when I was pregnant. I only gained 15 pounds.” (I definitely gained more than that!)
8.“Wow, you look like you’re going to pop!”
9.“Wow you’re so huge”
10.“Wow you’re so small”
11.“Are you gaining enough weight?” Any other time in a women’s life you NEVER talk about her weight, why is it all of a sudden okay to talk about our size when we are pregnant? Sure “You’re all belly” and “That bump is adorable” makes us feel good. But do NOT make general statements, because Lord knows we are painfully aware!
12.“You don’t look pregnant. Are you sure you are?” (This can be a compliment to a women of multiple children who has gained a lot of weight, but it can be disappointing to the first-time mom who is already nervous and desperately wants to look pregnant!)
13.“I think you’re having a …..”
14.“Can I touch your belly?”
15.“You’re breastfeeding right?”
16.“Will you work after the baby comes?”
17.“It’s about time!”
18.“Are you craving pickles?” (No, but now that you mentioned food, I’m really hungry. Thanks for that now go get me some ice cream!)
19.“You can’t eat/drink that” My personal favorite. I will eat and drink WHATEVER I want, because I am pretty sure that it is MY body and you are NOT my OB!
20.“Will you have more kids?”
21.“I feel pregnant too” …..oh? ummm ….
22.“Enjoy your last few months of freedom.” Why do you assume that I will not have a life or freedom after I have a child? Is your life that boring? Just saying.
23.“Your baby is going to be huge/tiny” Again, are you a doctor?
24.“You look tired”
26.“You’re still pregnant”
27.“You know it’s really 10 months.” Gracies. No, seriously. Thanks for that. Because I’m not already praying I can hold my baby any day now, but you have to remind me how long I have to wait.
28.“Well elephants are pregnant for 22 months so you don’t have it that bad” Yeah, thanks for pointing that out.
29.“Good luck my labor was terrible.”
30.“Aren’t you a little young/old to be having a baby?”
31.“Shouldn’t you be resting?”
32.“You’re quite hormonal.” You haven’t seen anything yet…..
33.“I thought your boobs would be bigger”
34.“How are you going to handle two?”
35.“I never had morning sickness”
36.“I was ripped open from end to end.”
37.“Can you even see your feet anymore?”
38.“So, how do you get your shoes on?”…..Good question…..
Pregnancy is a beautiful and also disgusting thing! Please do not make the gorgeous women who are making tiny humans want to rip your tiny peewee little head off by saying any of these statements, or any in their likeness! Haven’t you heard not to mess with a pregnant women? The only acceptable statements are:
“You look FABULOUS!”
“I am so happy for you!”
And, “I can’t wait to meet your beautiful baby!”
Now, where is that ice cream you were supposed to get me?!?!?!?
p.s. We have all been there at least once, and we wanted to show you that we really do feel for you preggie mommas!