The things people say to me while I'm pregnant still stun me to no end. Strangers, friends, co-workers, family - doesn't matter - most are clueless and beyond rude. Not to mention insensitive. Daily, and I mean daily, I get questions, comments, etc, about being pregnant. Most people mean well, but many should just keep their yaps shut.
I'm due in exactly 5 weeks and 1 day and I've heard it all - truly. No need for any more comments. I carry fairly large and have big babies. My daughter Cate was 8lbs, 8oz. My soon-to-be son promises to weigh in on the heavier side as well. I'm not very tall - 5'3" and have a tall, fat-headed Samoan husband - the odds were stacked against me from the get-go.
So, I continue to weather the dumb comments people make every day. Most are said in elevators or on the subway. I can't even tell you how many times I've had to stand the entire way into the office while able bodied men and women sat staring at me and then made comments. I've dole out more poxes and silent jihads on the NY City public transit system than I care to think about - and I'm tired of it.
Here are my top ten dumb things said to me while pregnant:
10: You're HUGE! (I hear it every day and its' just what an exhausted pregnant woman wants to hear)
9. You sure it's not twins? (I think we would have figured that out by now.)
8. Shouldn't you be at home... or something? (from a man who had just given me his seat on the F train.)
7. You should be careful - getting that big isn't healthy. You're going to get gestational diabetes. (I didn't. And this was from a woman who was pitching her novel idea to me at a writer's conference. Needless to say I didn't request her work.
6. You're having a girl. (I then said it was a boy). "The doctor is wrong - that's a girl." (Guess the X&Y chromosomes and sonograms are useless)
5. You really look pregnant this time - front and back (LOVED hearing that one. My arse is pregnant too! Ah, the joy.)
4. That's just too freaky for me, how can you stand it? (From a man who witnessed the baby wriggling and my tummy jumping around)
3. You're STILL pregnant? It's been over nine months now, hasn't it. (Clearly not).
2. How do you wipe? (From a young woman - 20's - in an elevator who had screwed up her nose and gaped at my stomach. I declined to answer).
And the #1 (drum roll please): That's a huge baby. Man, are you going to tear. (I'm having a c-section but thanks for the support!)
I hope the British are nicer when we get there! At least I won't be pregnant anymore (or ever again).