One of the joys of being pregnant is that it means people have no filter when it comes to talking to you. Something about seeing a giant basketball sized stomach means that people are free to tell you anything that is on their mind. There are so many things people aren’t afraid to say to pregnant women, it is amazing what people aren’t afraid to say.
When I was pregnant with Little Man, I let it all get to me. I was huge and everyone liked to point it out. There were days where I was offended by comments from strangers. Any skinny girl I saw made me jealous. A lot has changed since then and I was able to see people’s comments differently this time around. Instead of being offended, I decided to laugh about it then write down my favorite comments and pull together a blog post. While there are many things people aren’t afraid to say to pregnant women, here are a few of my favorites.
5 Things People Aren’t Afraid To Say To Pregnant Women
How are you going to survive with 2 boys?
The amount of times I heard this comment blew my mind. Not only were people “sorry for me” but people would tell me it can’t be done. We were completely happy with a boy or a girl and in no way did I feel sorry for myself that I didn’t have a girl this time. Everyone else seemed to take care of that for me! In terms of survival, so far we are doing okay.
Aren’t you glad to only have a few weeks left? – 27 Weeks
One of my favorite conversations took place when I was 27 weeks pregnant. It was one of those moments where you had to just roll with the conversation because otherwise someone would end up offended. My immediate response to the question was “Yup, only 13 weeks to go.” This was not at all what the person on the other end of the conversation was expecting as she genuinely though I was close to my due date. Again, it was one of those situations where I could have been upset or just laughed about it later. Laughing seems to be the best option.
Every time I think you can’t get bigger…
The best thing to remember when you are pregnant is that people have no filter. The second best thing to remember is that not everyone realizes they could be offending you. Laughing became my favorite source of getting past the “you’re huge” comments and I heard this one quite often. To be fair, I really was huge. In the end I had an 8lb 11oz baby a week and a half early. They had every right to call me huge.
Are you packing twins in there? – 36 weeks
This conversation was actually pretty funny. I was right around 36 weeks pregnant and it took place at a gas station as I was buying a box of donuts for my coworkers. Maybe I deserved it since I was standing alone with a coffee and a dozen donuts. The conversation went as follows…
Man in front of me: Are you packing twins in there?
Me: Nope, just one.
Man in front of me: hmmmm… healthy, huh?
I honestly laughed about this one most of the day. At 36 weeks I had gained around 40 pounds and was feeling the basketball. Another instance of “no filter” from a random stranger.
Wow, so little and there is another one on the way – 3 Days Postpartum
We were on our way to the hospital lab for a follow up test and my emotions were out of control, of course. There was a man in a wheelchair. He looked at Baby B and said “Wow, so little and there is another one on the way!” And pointed to my stomach. Of course I realized that I still looked fairly pregnant and had to just roll with it again so I smiled and walked away.
What were some of the funny things people said to you when you were pregnant?