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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nonmember avatar Nicole

So when you have children sometimes a little puffiness aka fat is left over, for some people that it. So mine kinda stayed. My neighbor decided oh she's pregnant, she speaks only Spanish. So she says to me in Spanish baby, I said No. So she proceeded to use her hands and rub her tummy like a baby bump movement. She clearly wasn't getting it. So I ate nothing for the day and wanted to cry. TO ALL WOMEN OUT THERE, WHY CANT YOU TELL A BABY BUMP VIRSES A LITTLE WEIGHT AROUND THE MID SECTION? SO ANNOYING. IF YOU ARE NOT COMPLETELY POSITIVE ITS A BABY BUMP, JUST DONT GO THERE. UGH. LOL

nonmember avatar Lenani

While I was 8 and a half months pregnant with my second child (not being a small woman anyways I was REALLY HUGE at this point) I was in a pet store looking around with my daughter, and my Brother and his soon to be wife when an elderly gentleman bumped into me, being the polite southerner I am I turned around and said pardon me Sir I am sorry to which i was then treated to a conversation about how crowded the world is and how many people there are everywhere! I just nodded politely and got away as fast as I could and tried to laugh about existentially being called a Breeder!

nonmember avatar Miranda

I have a 9 and a half month old son & just turned 8 months pregnant with both of my pregnancies i was asked if i was having twins but with my second child every1 says ur so much bigger with baby girl then u was with lil man umm duh i got pregnant again right after my son. The one i hate the most is my boyfriend always sayin ur 2 emotional 4 me i cant deal with it ill be glad when u have her. I want 2 punch him in the face lol

nonmember avatar Tj

I'm pregnant with #4 and always hear, "you do know what causes that. Maybe you should put a tv in your bedroom"(i always say we are going to fix the leak) or "wow you still have a long time left and yes is it twins or triplets. Maybe the doctor should check again. 4th baby huh your body has been used!!! I'm the only one who should say I'm big!!! I also hear "how are you going to handle another one. I've been blessed with all my kids and will adore this one too!!! We will be happy and do just fine with this beautiful baby too!

nonmember avatar MB

Having visible tattoos puts a lot of stranger comments/touching to rest. No one touches me or approaches me when my tatts are showing. I guess I look scary? Works for me! Although I do get insensitive comments on my FB page like, how I shouldn't complain about lack of sleep now because OH BOY I'll never sleep when the baby gets here! And not to be too excited about the baby's arrival because of the lack of sleep and constant baby poop. Or how about I'll never have my own life again. Or my identity will forever be the "baby's mom." So I guess I'll cease to even have my own name. Thanks.

Genevieve Ackerman Marbutt

When I was pregnant with my 5th everyone kept asking "You know what causes that, right?" Like after five kids I didn't know, seriously?

Momma... MommaGreenhalge

"Three under five?  You're going to have your hands full!"  Really?  I hadn't considered that!  Then again, I'm only 25 and have the energy to deal with that.  "You know what causes that, right?" No, genius.  I thought it came from eating the soup.  "You didn't plan this, did you?" HOW is that your business?  "So are you planning on having more?" Let's just have this one and then my HUSBAND and I will decide when to stop procreating.  "Oh, you're finally getting your girl!  Now your family is complete!"  Well, in our case it is.  But what would you say if I told you we wanted to be the next Duggar family?  "She's going to be spoiled rotten." No, actually, she's not.  I've seen kids that are spoiled rotten, and I don't plan to emulate their parents.  So stop before you start dishing out the advice, will you?


And yes, these are all comments I have gotten from friends, family, and complete and total strangers. 

Maureen Del Zio

the one I'll never forget from my MIL: "oh I feel so sorry for you"

Danielle Conklin

My younger sister made the comment "since you are pregnant can I have all your clothes" like I'm going to stay huge lol

nonmember avatar mousie momma

we were staying at a nice hotel when i was pregnant with my first child and stopped by the hotel restaraunt to grab a bite to eat. my friend was with us (also pregnant, though much more obviously so than me) and was asking the waiter about a local tourist attracton's location. he said he didn't know and pointed to a table of women saying "they're locals, ask them" she did, and the coversation moved on to her being pregnant. my husband, being the proud new-daddy-to-be that he was piped up that i was also pregnant, to which one of the women at the table responed "oh, i just thought you were fat!".

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