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Rude things people say to you when you are pregnant

Cross-posted from mumsnet

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Work colleague 1 (female): “SO ARE YOU PREGNANT???!?” (very loudly, in the middle of our shared kitchen, 2 weeks before I had even told my boss)

Work colleague 2 (female): “I knew you were pregnant when I saw you from behind because you are… wider!”

Work colleague 3 (male): “I knew you were pregnant before you said anything because you know… massive boobs!”

Work colleague 3 (male): “How long will you be with us for?” Because I’d clearly leave work and become a stay at home mum after having a baby. (Nothing wrong with staying at home with kids obviously, only with the assumption that this will definitely be the case.)

Work colleague 4 (male): “So when are you going to POP??!?”

Work colleague 5 (male): “Don’t worry about working so close to your due date, I’m sure the baby will be late as all people from [insert Southern European country I’m originally from] are always late!”

More than one work colleagues: “Are you SURE you’re not having twins??”

I could go on. What suddenly dawned on me while writing this is that, when put together, these seemingly innocuous comments clearly show the level of entitlement people have to observe and comment on women’s bodies, especially when pregnant. I mean, I had no idea these people that I bump into every day and chat over a cup of tea in the kitchen even looked at my boobs and waist size?! And even though I was fully aware of attitudes towards pregnant women and I got annoyed with each individual comment at the time, looking at these comments together somehow makes it so much more obvious.

So next time you see a pregnant woman, please kindly STFU. x

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10+1 things I wish I could have said to myself when I was 3 months pregnant

1.
I understand you are a textbook introvert and not the most maternal person in the world but those random women that smile at you and want to chat about your pregnancy on the bus usually mean well. You might perceive it as an intrusion but it’s just that you remind them of themselves when they went through the same thing. You’re a trigger of happy memories. So please try not to be a dick. Apart from the ones that try to give you any kind of unsolicited advice. Those ones just ignore.

2.
Yes, there are a lot of parents out there who can barely make ends meets and are on a tight budget. Yes, there’s a lot of useless crap the maternity industry will try to sell you. But this doesn’t mean that if you have some spare cash you should, like, spend it sensibly. You wake up a dozen times at night to pee, your back is killing you, and you’re already done with your male white middle aged colleagues’ pregnancy-themed sexist microagressions jokes every single time you venture to the kitchen for a cup of decaf tea that smells like an old ashtray. Don’t you think you deserve a treat? Please don’t buy those cheapo babygrows from Mothercare just because those blogs you read convinced you you shouldn’t overspend on the baby. Yes, the baby might only wear that babygrow twice but those hundred photos you took in the space of an hour with her in it looking uber cute will stay forever. TL;DR: HELL YEAH BABY BODEN.

3.
Despite what people might advise you, it’s ok to splurge on a buggy (if you can afford it). You’ll see it in front of you (literally) all the time for years. Don’t get one you hate the look of.

4.
You don’t need to buy a cot. In other words, you don’t need to buy into the westernised concept of babies sleeping alone in their own room. Even though you do not intend to right now, you will end up bedsharing, and you will [all] love it.

5.
I know you think you’re different. You won’t be a victim of marketing because you’ll be one of those cool pregnant women you see dancing at summer festivals in edgy clothes and flower hairbands, organic mocktail in hand. You don’t intend to buy ‘any special clothes’ as you believe you’ll get away with only a bunch of vintage numbers in large size from your local Traid and Oxfam. Nope. Every pregnancy is different but, in your case, after month 5 you’ll just need proper pregnancy clothes. I can’t quite explain how, but you will. Please don’t be miserable about it all. Just embrace it and start looking for some nice pregnancy outfits. And if you’re really really lucky, you might even find tops in patterns other than breton or polka dots, and dresses that don’t make you look like a Stepford housewife.

6.
Actually, just go out and spend a fortune in COS, they will do until about month 8. These are the only clothes you’ll continue wearing for a long time post-pregnancy because a) they’ll fit, b) you’ll still like them.

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7.
Ensure that some of the maternity clothing you buy also allows for nursing. You might have missed your plaid shirt but this means that the baby will have to wait for you to unbutton it every single time. Don’t test her patience.

8.
Speaking of breastfeeding, there’s a lot you can do to prepare for it. Do your research. I don’t mean spending hours studying a confusing diagram of the cradle-double-football-effing-cricket hold. You’ll only be able to figure this out when the baby arrives. For now, sort out a supply of boxsets and novels to keep yourself entertained during the upcoming marathon feeds. Give explicit guidance to BF for the frequency with which he needs to provide healthy snacks and water. Make a list of easy recipes and/or takeaway links. Inform everyone you know you’re off on your post-natal babymoon and switch off your phone for at least the first 3 months of your baby’s life.

9.
You may not quite know it yet, but you will truly like this baby.

10.
Stand in front of the mirror for a few minutes every day and practise a polite thanks-but-no-thanks smile for all the crap well-meaning and not so well-meaning advice you’re bound to receive. Right now you might think you are ‘not into babies’ and know fuck all about them but stick to your guts. As they say, you are the only real expert in your baby.

11.
Did I mention COS?

 

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