I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women as failing to follow them may result in serious physical harm. If you are thinking, ‘surely she doesn't mean me’- then you should probably read this twice.
1) The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is 'Congratulations!' with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you a jerk. Unless you are one of thousands of people for whom getting pregnant is a dream and the thought of bringing home a live infant seems as impossible as walking on the moon. Many of us would love to be happy and chipper for you, but our own pain makes it impossible.
2) Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father- not grandparents or any other relatives. Except for when it takes a couple of doctors, nurses, and a lab technician to put the baby in there. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase 'my baby'. Unless it's an adoption or surrogate pregnancy. Then it's more than allowed.
3) On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in 2, the pregnancy, birth and raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it. Yet again it needs to be pointed out that sometimes it takes more than 2 people to make a baby!
4) The body of a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone's stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman. I agree about not touching the stomache, but come on, my own mother now asks me how my cervix is doing and I'm quite certain my RE is on a first name basis with it and my uterus.
5) Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight...ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about is pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is 'You look fabulous!'. I'll give her this one.
6) By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don't need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes. Nor do we need to know how badly you will feel for us because we will be pregnant during the summer, and how glad you are that YOU will not be pregnant this coming summer. Yes, I know I won't be pregnant this summer. But I'd be thrilled to be and I'd even be thrilled to be able to be noted as a pregnant woman and put up with the comments you find so annoying.
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