Look at you, mama, you’re growing! How much have you gained?
Your belly has gotten big all of a sudden. It looks like the baby has dropped. How far along are you again?
– The obnoxious male janitor who considers himself the pregnancy expert because he helped deliver 6 babies while in Vietnam. Seriously. And to answer your question, dude, I have over 3 months to go. She has not dropped.
When are you due? Like, any day now?
– Cashier at restaurant. And hi, I know I’m 6 and a half months along, but I’m not even that big!
Hi chunky! How’s the baby doing?
– The lady in the office next door asks me this every time she sees me. It’s just unnecessary.
Just be sure not to gain too much weight. You have wide hips already, and it’ll stick to those. Trust me.
– Well-meaning, but extremely RUDE woman from another office in our complex.
Justin, in reference to my thigh: Ooooh, gooey!
Justin: I meant… smooth. Velvety? I’m sorry.
I don’t consider myself overly sensitive to most of the things people say and realize there are some things that just come with the territory. Pregnancy is like having a spotlight shining on your life, inviting everyone to come and see the show. Unless hiding out for 9+ months and giving birth in a cave appeals to you, you’re not getting out of it, Sister.
Belly rubs, stares, and comments of all sorts are just a part of the experience. And normally, I pretty much love the attention! I realize this will probably be the last time anything is all about me, which honestly upsets me a bit, haha.
The only real issue I have are the flat-out rude and unnecessary things some people let loose without any concern for my body image issues (and no, those don’t magically disappear when you become pregnant). If you were to comment about a woman’s weight or size under normal circumstances it wouldn’t be acceptable, but that sweet little baby bump seems to welcome it all.
Call me “cute”, “glowing” and rub my Buddha belly all you want, but try to keep the ‘chunky’s to a minimum. Thanks, lady!
Have any of you experienced anything similar? I’m sure even those of you who have never been pregnant have had someone say something about your body that was just plain rude. Let’s relive all those cruel and awkward moments in a very public way, come on! :)