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Jennifer Lopez and Pregnancy Advice? Not So Much.

By John Cave Osborne |

Preggo advice to J. Lo a no-no.

Ah J. Lo. Welcome back, girl. We’ve all missed you. And fear not. I, for one, am not fooled by the rocks that you got. You’re still — you’re still — Jenny from the block in my book. And though I’ve yet to watch, it’s comforting to know that you’re planting your famous backside between Steven Tyler  and Randy Johnson each and every week as you give aspiring singers advice they so sorely need.

But if you’re looking to J. Lo for pregnancy advice, you’re looking in the wrong place.

At least that’s what I gathered after reading a piece on UK’s Parenting Dish website. They reported that the American Idol judge recently told OK Magazine that when she was pregnant, she found all the unsolicited baby tips to be “annoying.”

Can you hang on for just a second? I need to take a quick look outside my office window to see if I can spy any pigs flying. I know. Not likely. Yet neither is this: I totally agree with J. Lo on something. It is annoying how everyone in the world who’s ever had a child is suddenly a child expert. And I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the market for parenting advice? I tend to seek it from folks who have the letters “PhD” following their name, assuming they earned those letters in a field germane to my inquiry.

I’m constantly amazed at the unsolicited feedback my wife gets. The funny thing is that when she was pregnant with triplets, no one said BOO to her. I suppose that’s because, comparatively speaking, no one’s really carried three babies at once. But one baby? Oh yeah. Everyone’s done that. So this time around, Caroline’s getting pointers by the hour.

But you know what’s even more annoying than a woman giving a pregnant woman unsolicited tips pertaining to her pregnancy? A man giving a pregnant woman’s husband unsolicited advice. Which is what I’ve been getting from relatively wet-behind-the-ear, newbie types who think the 18-month-old in the stroller he’s pushing has magically transformed him into Dr. Spock.

Not only are these guys like two touchdowns younger than me, but they also fail to realize that I used to change more diapers in a week than they have yet to change in their entire life.

Still, it’s hard to fault someone for just trying to be helpful. But if only more folks thought like J. Lo, the world would be a better place.

Hah. J. Lo making the world a better place. Certainly never thought I’d find myself writing that.

Can you hang on for just a second? I need to take a quick look outside my office window to see if I can spy any pigs flying.

What’s the most annoying unsolicited piece of advice you’ve gotten during your pregnancy?

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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine, and the Huffington Post. John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months after marrying a single mom, then quickly conceived triplets. Since then, they have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. Read bio and latest posts → Read John's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Jennifer Lopez and Pregnancy Advice? Not So Much.

  1. Megan says:

    Ugh, I know someone who is pregnant with her first (just like me) and is only a few weeks ahead of me. Somehow she is the expert. I have no idea what qualifies her to continually tell me what I should and shouldn’t be doing, but it’s been wearing on my last nerve. I mean, I’m no dummy, I didn’t jump into this whole pregnancy thing blindly! I have been doing my research and keeping up with current studies and reports. Her advice is generally pretty dated and I’m soooooo over it!

    1. johncaveosborne says:

      @Megan — don’t you just love an instant expert who actually has less experience than you?
      @Julie — I remember one guy telling me how awful toddlerhood was when my wife was pregnant with triplets. I guess he was trying to get me to imagine the horror of toddlerhood x 3. I can’t stand it when people “paint the devil on the wall” if you will.
      @Kaite — Congrats! Sounds like that “mentor” of yours would have been better served giving her classmates the 411. During study hall or something.

  2. Julie says:

    The most annoying thing is hearing about 3rd-hand horror stories (30 stitches, etc.) from women who have never given birth. I really hope to have a wonderful labor and will tell everyone who will listen. People are too into scaring people and recounting the bad parts of birth.

  3. Kaite says:

    When I was pregnant (which only ended 13 days ago– hello baby boy!), I would endlessly receive advice from this 18 year old girl who was pregnant for the first time. The kicker? She was a month or two BEHIND me. So frustrating.

  4. Nasrin says:

    The most annoying advice I got was from two doulas I met socially when 8 months pregnant, neither of whom had ever given birth, who grilled me on my birth plan. When I refused to rule out epidural they harangued me for about an hour that women needing epidurals was just a myth perpetrated by the medical system to keep women quiet while laboring.

    On the other hand, if you are really against strident advice regarding pregnancy and babies, maybe hanging out on Babble is not your best bet.

  5. Allison Groves says:

    Worst advice? “When you feel hungry, just take a walk!” Mind you, I did not have fork in hand at the time or said person may have sustained snack-related injuries. Strangest advice: After the baby is born, drink a beer and it will help your milk come in. Got this from a birthing coach, and even MY MOM vouched for it! Needless to say I poo-pooed the beverage suggestion until day three rolled around after the birth of my daughter and not a drop of milk was in sight! Let’s just say, I downed a stout my husband had in the house, and by midnight I was gushing like ol’ faithful. Coincidence? When you have a brand new baby who has not eaten in three days aside from mere tablespoons of colustrum, you cease to question!

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