One thing that pregnancy has taught me is that people don’t know what to say or how to act around pregnant women. I don’t know if the sight of a swollen midsection causes people to temporarily lose any semblance of manners and common sense or if the general public is just clueless, but I am here to help. Without further delay, I present the rules:
- The Belly. The one place that we want to be hidden and unnoticeable (unless you are sporting a six-pack, and if you do I officially hate you) is suddenly on display for everyone to see. Does that mean you should reach out and touch my belly? NO. Just don’t. I repeat-DON’T TOUCH THE BELLY.
- Weight Gain. We don’t need you to tell us how big we are or how much bigger we are getting,. Guess what? We see ourselves everyday and we are well aware of how things are going. The play by play is not necessary and frankly, it’s rude.
- Common Phrases to Avoid: There is no bun in my oven-I am not a household appliance. I am not carrying a beach ball or basketball in my shirt-it’s a baby. I am not about to pop-I am not a balloon. Get the general idea? Ok, great.
- Unsolicited Advice. Unless I ask for your opinion, please resist the urge to tell me what I should and shouldn’t be doing or what I should or shouldn’t be drinking and eating (let me drink my latte in peace). Unless you have the words OB/GYN after your name and I am your patient, I don’t want to hear from you.
- DO(s): Treat me like you did before I was pregnant. I may be pregnant, but I am still the same person that I was pre-pregnancy. I am not the first or the last woman to ever be pregnant so stop treating me like a circus sideshow act.