20 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman

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pregnancy womanAt no time in my life have I ever fielded as many ridiculously horrible comments from strangers as I did when I was pregnant. It's like everyone and their sister had to come up to me and make absurdly awful comments -- the sorts of things you should never say to ANYONE, let alone someone hormonal and pregnant.

So, now that I'm no longer hormonal or pregnant, I've compiled a list of the most wicked things people said to me while I was pregnant.

1. Are you SURE you're not carrying twins?

2. Wow ... you're taking this whole 'eating for two' thing to a new level, aren't you?

3. Be happy you only have morning sickness. It was much worse for me.

4. So you're due next week, right? Oh ... you're only three months along? Well. I guess pregnancy looks different on everybody.

5. I was in my size 4s after delivery!

6. Oh, be careful. I had a friend whose friend whose cousin had a baby with [insert horrible complication here]. Let's hope YOUR baby doesn't have it.

7. You ARE breastfeeding, aren't you?

8. You AREN'T breastfeeding, are you?

9. Labor was the most intense, grueling pain I've felt in my entire life. I'd rather die than go through labor again.

10. My friend's cousin's friend's mother nearly died in labor. Actually, maybe she did die. Or it was a plot on Melrose Place. I can't remember.

11. You should REALLY look into birth control.

12. Let's hope he doesn't get your husband's nose. Sheesh! What a honker that is!

13. Um, that was the name I was going to use for MY baby even though I'm not pregnant. You can't use it. Ever.

14. You think you're not sleeping now? HA! Just WAIT until the baby gets here.

15. Well *I* was still running 60 miles a week when I was x far along.

16. I only gained 10 pounds during my entire pregnancy.

17. I breastfed those extra 10 pounds right off!

18. How dare you complain about not feeling good. Didn't you WANT to be pregnant?

19. My labor only lasted 15 minutes. I think it was because I was in such great shape after running 60 miles a day.

20. So, how DO you get your shoes on?

Your turn! What horrible things did people say to you while YOU were pregnant?


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Emily Kroeker

Lol. Just say Congratulations. It's the only safe thing you can possible say.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

I'm currently 32 weeks pregnant with twins and I was so happy to see this article. Starting about a week ago I've been getting those comments from random strangers on the street. I guess I just wasn't informed that at a certain point in pregnancy, your sphere of personal privacy disappears and everyone becomes your friend.

I've gotten the "When's your due date? Really?! You look ready to go now!" And the ever so fun "Omg two more months? You look so big and uncomfortable!". And I've been getting it from the woman at Mcdonalds, the manager of a CVS, a random old Asian couple who interrupted my breAkfast with my dad to tell me so, etc.

What is it about a baby belly that makes people think we want unsolicited comments from the peanut gallery?

hotrd... hotrdumommy

I don't know if it qualifies as horrible, but when I was pregnant with DD1 my mom and her boyfriend came over one morning and when I answered the door the first thing my mom's boyfriend said was, "Oh my god. What's wrong with your nose?" I ran to the bathroom and saw that my nose had started to widen because of the weight gain to my face. I could hear my mom saying" Really man? Good morning isn't enough of a greeting for you?" He apologized and all was forgiven.

Logan... LoganTroyMom

omg, this had me cracking up. Somebody said to me last week, so, any day now? I said no, jan 27th... Lol. And i ALWAYS hear the twins comment. Im not even that big! My own mom takes personal joy in pointing out my awful roots from undyed hair, and was sure to inform me once 'you can tell you're pregnant from the back because your ass is so big'. All i can do is laugh.

Starr... Starryambition2

Im 38wks and this is my second child, this pregnancy seems to have no hold backs, I gained 40 pounds and started showing when I was 2 months. I got people telling me, " are you sure your not having twins". Which I would reply, " no just one the doctor already comfirmed it", then they would continue to tell me are you sure. Thank you very much I know im huge I dont need your opinion.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

"So are you planning to keep the baby or put it up for adoption?"



Yes, I really got that one from some random woman. I'm just going on the assumption that she was a bit round the bend because there is no rational reason to ask that question. I was 26 and I'd been married for over five years when I got pregnant, hardly rushing things!



"Are you going to finish school with a baby?"



Again, 26 years old and working full time. That one was a customer at work so I smiled sweetly amd told her that I was happy just having three degrees but that I may consider going back for a phd at some point in the future. She was just a teeny bit flustered.

Melis... Melissa042807

The worst thing anyone said to me when I was pregnant with my first was "I can't wait for you to get big and fat! Hee hee hee!" Well, guess what, sour grapes? I lost an extra 20 pounds after all the baby weight. Having a baby does not automatically mean you are doomed to be fat for the rest of your entire life. 


A close second would be one night when Husband and I were, er, gettin' a little freaky, and all of a sudden he says "Honey! I see a strech mark!". Yeah. Dude did NOT get any that night. 

Stacey Busenbark Sanders

I got the twins one coupled with-your due date must be wrong! When I was 36 weeks along with my second my mom walked into my house and said My god Stacey, you can't get any bigger!  I always just make sure to say congratulations-and if the mom asks me anything about my pregnancies I only tell happy, non-scary things (Labor wasn't that bad, ect.) I see no point in telling a pregnant woman about so and so's baby died, ect.

Hillary Lynne Glaser

"Having a boy is much better as your first than having a girl!" Thankfully, my first will be a boy but, c'mon, really?? My other favorite was said to my husband "she's ONLY 7 months along? Are you sure they didn't get the date wrong?" I also heard that a lot during my grandmother's funeral.

mrsdc... mrsdchastain

"I think we are going to have to get you a bigger booth!"

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