As if pregnant women are not hormonal enough, it never helps when people, strangers at that, make remarks that leave you
wanting to punch them in their face scratching your head. Woah, back up, where is this post coming from you are probably wondering. No, no, no I’m not pregnant. LOL. I have several friends who are pregnant right now and I’ve been hearing them talk about the ridiculous remarks that have been made all throughout their pregnancy.
So I thought it would be fun to do a lighthearted post collecting all the crude things that have been said to beautiful pregnant ladies all over the place. I asked a wonderful group of mommas to share their stories and I couldn’t stop laughing as I read them all! Get your coffee (or tea or adult beverage), sit down, and prepare yourself for some ridiculousness! This is gonna be good!
note: these are real comments said by real
idiots people to real pregnant women. their permission has been given to share these stories on the blog.
what NOT to say to a pregnant woman and other ridiculous comments
- “Wow, your face looks fat!!! You must be retaining water!”
- I had an Italian coworker tell me that, “In Italy, they say that when you are having a girl she steals all your beauty from you while you are pregnant…. I definitely think you are having a girl.”
- “Are you sure there’s just one in there? You look like there’s at least two.”
- I hated when people said that I didn’t look that pregnant… I knew how much weight I had gained and how big I looked and I took it to mean that they saw me that way regularly.
- “You’re not going to use pain meds? Are you trying to be a hero?”
- When I was waiting for the train one day, a man asked me how far along I was. I said “34 weeks”. He responds “Oh! My wife went into labor at 34 weeks and it was so terrible because they had to keep her in the hospital trying to keep the baby in and then the baby still came and she had to stay in the NICU, etc etc etc… So hopefully that doesnt happen to you.” Ummmm, thanks? –Stephanie
- “How cute is your pregnancy waddle?”
- Saying, “You’ll never make it” to your due date. I’m very petite and make normal size babies, so I appear larger than most. People need to shut up and stop assuming I’m not going to make it, having twins, or other ridiculous “observations.”
- My best friend was seven months pregnant at my wedding and looked gorgeous. One of my mom’s cousins was chatting with her and mentioned her daughter-in-law was expecting, as well. Apparently she thought she’s big, so the cousin told her, “She should see you!!” I was mortified when I found out many months later.
- I was told I was too old to be pregnant. I was 33.
- “Seriously, you’re not going to find out the gender? Don’t you want to know what the baby name will be?” I always wanted to reply, “It doesn’t matter because we will love the baby either way.
- “Where is the baby hiding? Are you sure there is one in there?”
- “You’re due in December? Wow, we thought October!” (when I announced my pregnancy to my coworkers).
- Literally having one person tell me “you’re about to pop!” and another state, “you’re so small; you don’t even look pregnant” in the SAME week. –Catherine
- About 7-8 months in, “Are you feeling ok? You’ve lost your glow.”
- “If you’re going to have your baby in a birthing center and insist on going all natural, why don’t you just have it in the middle of a field? You’re being ridiculous.”
- A previous co-worker actually said to me, “You know your going to have to lose all that weight?” As I was eating a thin mint….
- When I was pregnant with my fourth, people were always telling me I shouldn’t have more kids or how crazy we were to have four kids five and under. I was also asked if we were done – like it’s anyone’s business!!!!
- An older woman asked if I was having twins. Nope, just a 10lber, ugh. –Kelly
- “How are you not going to find out the gender…? You better not expect any gifts from anyone because no one is going to know how to shop for you.”
- I had older women come up to me in the grocery store and tell me their awful birth stories while pregnant with my first. It happened several times with different women. I was already scared enough of child-birth!
- “Awww yeah, I love watching you waddle all over,” when I was 8 months pregnant and had no ankles.
- Someone told me I was going to hurt the baby by teaching so many fitness classes. Haha. NOPE. –Annette, fitness instructor
- “Can you not color your hair when you’re pregnant?” once my gray was showing.
- Literally any amount of judgey advice about how your birth should go… anywhere from “I did it all-natural, baby! I was super woman!” to “How stupid to feel pain if you don’t have to.” It’s sort of like religion. You don’t know what someone’s personal story is, so don’t walk up to them and preach your own gospel.
- On my baby moon with baby #1 the (female) valet at a restaurant asked me if I knew what I was having. I said no, then she said, “Oh, let me guess, I’m really good at this!” She proceeded to look me up and down, then asked me, “Are your hips and butt normally big, or have they just gotten bigger since you got pregnant?” I guess my silent, horrified, mouth open gaze didn’t give her a clue to her rudeness, because then she announced, “It’s a boy! Congrats, mama!” And of course it *was* a boy and I never forgot that apparently that was obvious to anyone checking out my butt!! –Carly
- “Are you planning on having anymore?” while I was pregnant with my second and since we were having another little boy (because once people figure out you’re pregnant they have to know the gender). They then ask the above question. “So are planning on trying for a girl then?” Uh I’m still pregnant and this child isn’t insignificant thank you very much. And also I’ll make sure to call you, random stranger in the checkout line, to let you know what my husband and I decide..
- “Oh you’re so big! You must be ready to go any day!” Said to me at 37 weeks…I actually felt great and participated in a workout class that same day! –Maria
- I had a girl at work tell me that we should do jumping jacks to, “Get that baby out of there!” If only it were that easy! And I don’t want the baby out yet, I still have three weeks!
- I was getting my bike off of my bike rack and I had a woman come up to me and ask me if I knew what I was having (I did) and she says, “Wait don’t tell me, let me guess!” Walks a circle around me as if she were checking me out and says, “You’re having a boy!” No ma’am they say it’s a girl… I guess we’ll see. So awkward.
- I was at my work gym and someone asked, “Should you be working out? I don’t think you should be working out in your condition.” I almost died with laughter. I told him, “I don’t remember you being my doctor, but thank you for your concern.” And then I went on to continue my weights with a machine. I was only one week from my due date, but my doctor was fully behind it. If only they could have seen me playing volleyball, doing zumba, and TRX. –Elizabeth
all photos by stephanie cotta photography
While I know these comments and stories weren’t actually funny when they happened, I’m glad we’re all able to laugh at them now. Moral of the story? The ONLY thing you should say to a pregnant momma is, “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!”
Do you have any ridiculous comments or stories to share?