What not to say to a pregnant woman – round 2

July 27, 2010 at 4:52 am (Uncategorized)

Here’s one I don’t think most people think about unless they’re pregnant or ever have been.

Don’t comment on the size of a pregnant woman’s belly.  You can’t win.

I know this sounds a little strange, but trust me.  Pregnant women are full of raging hormones which can cause the simplest statement to be viewed in the most hurtful way.  The moment a woman finds out she’s preggo, her life is generally consumed with making sure she’s doing the best she can for her baby.

Tell her how cute and tiny her belly is and she’s going to think you’re telling her that her belly and baby are too small.  Which, of course, means you’re implying that she’s not nourishing her baby properly, or that you’re saying her baby is not growing normally.

Equally as bad, pointing out how big her belly is or how soon she’s showing.  Is it twins?  Is Mom eating too much?  Maybe Mom isn’t putting her baby’s health first and is gaining too much weight.  Clearly, you’re suggesting that she looks like she’s at risk for gestational diabetes, which means that her baby will be too big for the birth she has planned down to every detail.

Like I said, I really don’t think that men, or women who have never been pregnant would really think twice about these comments, but a pregnant woman will find any reason to worry.  Don’t be the one who gives her an extra reason to freak out.

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