They might be well meant, but they can still leave you bewildered.
There’s something about pregnancy and early motherhood (actually motherhood in general, really) that causes people to drop their verbal filter and simply ask whatever’s on their mind.
There are the harmless classics:
“When are you due?”
“What are you having?”
“How old is your little one?”
The answers to which I was more than happy to rattle off.
And yet, there were several other questions I was asked while expecting, and in the early months of my son’s life, that were completely hilarious/inappropriate/invasive. While I know they were well-meaning or posed by people trying to be polite (in their own way) I was often left stuttering.
Here are seven of the best (or is that worst?):
1. “So, are we hoping we're pregnant or not?"
Hedging my bets, pregnancy test in one hand and a box of tampons in the other, this question from the checkout lady as she scanned my goods, completely stumped me. Um, sorry what?
Isn’t not commenting on a customer’s purchases part of training 101? I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
Why yes, yes he was, 19-year-old male I met while pregnant at a friend's wedding. What an ice-breaker that one wasn’t.
3. “Oh my god, do you actually have breasts now?”
Cheers for reminding me that my breasts are usually small and humble (so you don't confuse them with mountains). But look, I’m pretty proud of these temporary guests. Thank you for noticing.