For many women, pregnancy is a time for reflection on one's life, a time to reevaluate their priorities and goals, and a time ... to lie. It's true. Even the most honest among us start to fib, fudge, and stretch the truth when it comes to our blessed state.
Whether it's all the extra attention or pressure to be a picture-perfect mom from the get-go, it seems these little twists on the truth escape our pregnant lips before we know it. Here are 10 of the top lies pregnant women tell. Of course, not every woman lies about all of these things, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to find one who hasn't or won't lie about any of them.
- They're not pregnant.
Celebrities are especially guilty, but plenty of pregnant women deny their status until they're ready to tell.
- They don't care if it's a boy or a girl.
Yes, we all want a healthy baby first and foremost, but most of us really have our hearts set on one or the other.
- They haven't gained much weight.
You really shouldn't ask, but if you do, it's pretty much fair for them to lie. No one wants someone telling them they haven't gained enough or have gained too much weight, so sometimes spouting off the recommend weight gain instead of the reality saves everyone anxiety.
- They LOOOOOVE being pregnant.
Yes, sometimes it's great, but it's not all roses and sunshine either, no matter how perfect a pregnancy. Still, no one wants to be the big pregnant complainer, so saying it's all great becomes the mantra.
- They adore every baby gift they've been given.
It's the thought that counts, absolutely, but there are some really awful baby outfits and gifts out there.
- They're SO excited.
That's probably true sometimes, but other times they are likely terrified, tired, and have no idea how on earth they're going to take care of this child (especially for those who already have a child or two).
- They've quit smoking.
Studies say up to one-fifth of women smoke while pregnant, so there are plenty of pregnant closet smokers out there.
- They don't have a name picked out quite yet.
More often than not they just don't want to tell you.
- They can't wait to breastfeed their baby.
Breast is best, but that doesn't mean it's not also frightening, foreign, and filled with challenges.
- They plan to go back to work once their maternity leave is up.
Even if they're not planning to, most women say they are so they don't lose credibility and benefits at work before that point.
What lies do you/did you tell while pregnant?
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