Friday 5: 5 Things Not To Say (or Do) To Pregnant Women

FRIDAY 5 | | February 6, 2009 at 6:08 am

As part of the Mommy Niri’s Friday 5 series, Mommy Niri mentions her pet peeves about pregnancy.

1. Rubbing my belly! It is amazing how everyone assumes that an announcement that you have a bun in the oven is permission to stroke the oven. Total strangers (even if I know you a bit) rubbing my tummy make me want to gag (and much than my morning sickness does). Ask first.

2. I know you must be having a girl (or boy). It seems people know this just by the way you look and seem to think they knew better than the Ultrasound lab technician who could not say for sure. Even when it is confirmed what you are having some people insist they know better. Ask my MIL who was convinced her dreams were a better indicator, even though they were wrong.

3. You’re still pregnant
. This really made me want to hurt someone, especially since with Jia I was 2 weeks overdue (which is not true since we all know 2 weeks before or after is really normal). I recall a colleague asking me at work, “Are you still here?” I don’t recall the exact words, it started off with something like “No, I had the baby and decided I should come in still looking like this.” I then went off rambling, extremely angry (what did they think I wanted to be pregnant forever?) and no one ever asked me that question (at least at work where all were made witness to my outburst). Poor sod, but he deserved it.

4. Are you going to nurse? What business it is of anyone what I do with my body. It makes your skin crawl when people (especially guys) ask this, and often people you barely know. Creepy isn’t it?

5. You’re not going to be able to lose that weight, you know? This came from my GP (ex) doctor, while I was there for a bronchitis check up while 8 months pregnant. That was the last time I saw him, thinking maybe I will lose it, maybe I won’t but he certainly is going to lose me as a patient. We are so paranoid about weight under normal circumstances, pregnancy is tough as it is without people making the pressure worse. Thanks for your concern but I think myGynaecologist will alert me if there is reason for concern.

There were so many things that annoyed me during pregnancy, that limiting myself to 5 things were difficult. Would love to know what your pregnancy vents are.

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