Saturday, June 16, 2012

What NOT to say to a pregnant woman.

Luckily, I haven't had too many annoying conversations, but these are a few recent ones that pushed my buttons. Seriously people?!

"Are you having twins?!" - lady at Forever 21

"I have a friend who was your size and her baby was almost 10 pounds!" - a female patient

"I thought my wife was dying when she was in labor; good luck to you." - random man in grocery store.

Conversation with a male patient:
Patient:  "What does your husband think about this?" (First of all, what kind of question is that?)
Me:  "He's excited, and it's been fun to see his excitement grow as her due date approaches."
Patient:  *sarcastic laugh*
Me:  "Are we not supposed to be excited?"
Patient:  "He doesn't know what's coming.  He's about to realize he's not your #1 anymore."
Me:  Stopped talking and just cleaned his teath.

I "love" when people tell me their horror labor stories, even after they find out I'm planning a natural birth.  I'm aware having a baby is painful, messy, long, exhausting to the point where you "think you're going to die"'s called labor for a reason, right?  I also know that everyone has a completely unique story and mine may not be like yours at all; better or worse.  I do like advice from others, but I think it's just the delivery of that advice that bothers me sometimes (no pun intended :)

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