There is something about the sight of a pregnant woman that makes people want to talk to them. I don’t know why this is. There’s no other physical condition that invites the kind of intimate questions, comments, and confessions that pregnancy does. I mean, no one would see a stranger with their arm in a sling and give them a detailed account of their own compound fracture. Nor would they tell a person wearing glasses all about their experience choosing an eye doctor. And you sure as hell wouldn’t tell a woman with an engagement ring on all about your own wedding night. But pregnancy? Makes the world an Over Sharing Zone. Or, worse, a Stupid Cliche Zone.
I like to think that people immediately regret saying something like “You look like you’ll pop any minute!” when they realize how trite – and insensitive – it sounds. But the fact remains that people say these things and pregnant women have no choice but to politely respond to them, even if it is through clenched teeth.
Here are a few of the responses I WISH I could give to people who say dumb stuff to pregnant women.
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