Friends of mine had told me about all of the comments and unsolicited belly rubs I would start receiving during my pregnancy. And, for the first 26 weeks, it didn't happen much. Sure, a few family members and friends would give the belly a little rub, but most of the comments I was receiving were glowing and positive.
Until I reached the 28 week mark.
Now, don't get me wrong, I know people always mean well (for the most part), but if I hear someone tell me I look like I'm due any day ONE.MORE.TIME. I might scream. Oh and let's not forget all of those 'wow, he must be one BIG baby!' jabs.
Since I see 'the bump' each and every day, I don't feel like I look that huge. But, reality sets in when we attend a social function full of people who don't see us often. Just last week, we attended a work event for one of my clients. There were close to 60 people in attendance, and I got lots of comments and sweet looks, followed by startled reactions when I told them we still had ten weeks to go. Is this really necessary?!
If I already looked like I ballooned to someone twice my size, I could understand, but I think that people need to give pregnant women a break. After all, it's the only time in your life when you can gain weight for good reason, indulge in some of your favorite treats here and there, and look healthy and 'glowing' while you're at it.
I have to say that the unsolicited comments have been irking me more than the random belly rubs. This is most likely because I have yet to get many from complete strangers. Hopefully that won't change, but at this point, I am not counting anything out.
So, what is it about pregnancy that makes people so free with what they say? Now that I've been pregnant, I will be sure to carefully articulate the compliments that I dish out to other pregnant women. Pregnancy is not for the faint of heart, ladies.