The stupid things people say when you're pregnant

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Don't get me wrong, some people are lovely and have lots of positive and encouraging things to say about this exciting new chapter in your life.

But sadly, when you're pregnant, there's also a flurry of ridiculous and often rude comments.

They may not necessarily be intentionally negative - they may just be trying (and failing) to make polite conversation, but a little thought goes a long way.  

When you're pregnant and on the hormone roller coaster, anything can push you over the edge - so here's a little help on what NOT to say to an expectant woman:

  • "Are you sure it's not twins?"
  • "You're carrying low, it must be a boy"
  • "Your baby is going to be huge/tiny!"
  • "Oh wow, you're getting big"
  • "Your boobs are huge!"
  • "Are you going to have a natural birth?"
  • "Are you planning on breastfeeding?"
  • "Have you got a name yet?"
  • "Sleep while you can" (also up there with "enjoy your freedom" and other comments implying that you're doomed for life)
  • "You look like you're going to pop any day now"
  • "Are you allowed to eat that?"
  • "Have you got stretch marks?"
  • "Was it planned?"
  • "You look exhausted!"
  • "Can I touch your belly?"

Equally annoying are the comments you don't need, to hear like:

  • "Oh, I never had any morning sickness/my pregnancy was such a breeze"
  • "I was ripped open from end to end"
  • "You'll never sleep again"
  • "Hopefully he/she is a good baby"

Oh, and once you've had the baby, expect some real rippers ...

  • "Did it hurt?"
  • "Is he/she sleeping through the night yet?"
  • "Ready for another?"
  • "Are you breastfeeding?" (again)
  • "When are you going back to work?"
  • "We never see you anymore"

And of course we can't forget the constant "any news?" while you're waiting for your wee one to arrive.

What is the worst thing somebody said to you while you were pregnant?

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