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The effects of pregnancy are remarkably diverse, heavily dependent on individual circumstances. It can manifest as a period of excitement and eager anticipation, a phase characterized by anxiety and uncertainty, or a nuanced combination of emotions residing somewhere in between. The reactions and support from those closest to an expectant mother hold significant sway in shaping the emotional landscape she navigates during this transformative journey.
Some people have some pretty wild things to say to their friend or family member that is now expecting, making us wonder why they don’t just keep their thoughts to themselves. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
1. What Did You Do That For?
Someone shares their parent’s response: “My sister told my parents she was pregnant (she had been married for a couple of years at this point).
My dad said, “What’d you go and do that for?”
My mom started to cry and said, “Why are you trying to make me seem so old?””
2. I’m Too Young to Be A Grandma
“My MIL was super supportive of our decision to wait several years to have kids, which was very out of character for her. We figured she’d push us to give her a grand baby as soon as possible. We finally found out her reason for wanting us to wait when my BIL accidentally got his girlfriend pregnant. She called us crying about being too young to be a grandmother. Dear MIL didn’t want to be a grandma because grandmas are old. Her “support” was literally just her vain attempt to seem young as long as possible.”
3. Are You Going to Keep It?
“Someone asked me “so you just decided to keep it and see if it works out?” That’s probably not what a new mom wants to hear!
4. Who’s the Dad?
“A woman I know was asked, “So, do you know who the father is?””
“Similarly, when my ex-wife gets asked about how many kids she has and their ages (20, 16 and 6), it’s almost inevitably followed by, “Do they all have the same father?” Yeah. They do. Somehow no one ever asks me if all my kids have the same mom, though.” Rude.
5. Was It Planned?
“We’re going to have a 10, 8, and newborn in November. Other than the “same dad?” question, we get “Was it planned?”” This gets exhausting for parents.
6. I Could Tell You Were Gaining Weight
“I thought you were just getting fat.” Is the answer one mom got, say what?
7. You’re Going to Be Huge
“Alternately, “damn, so you’re going to get even fatter??”
“”I think there’s a seven-year-old in there already.” Whenever a person feels like commenting about a woman’s weight, they should refrain.
For a woman whose partner says this: “You know I just got a vasectomy.” This is a big oops that does happen more often than people realize.
9. Makes Sense
“How my coworkers boyfriend responded – “Oh. Makes sense, you’re a bit more of a c*** than usual lately.”
I was told, “good luck with that one,” shares a user.
11. I’m Letting You Go
“You’re fired.” This is technically not allowed but is a fear that some pregnant women have if they have jerk bosses.
“Aww, you finally got two brain cells…” Haha, this one appears to be a joke between friends. Make sure the mom is in the right mood for it first!
13. You’re Not Special
“My ex husband told me “don’t expect me to bend over backwards for you just because you’re pregnant. I did that with my ex wife and I’m not going to do that with you”. That was pretty up there as a sh***y a** reply.” No wonder he’s an ex.
14. Keep All Opinions To Yourself
Pregnancy is a trying time in a woman’s life as they make big changes. Keeping all opinions and stories to yourself is the best idea. Tell them you’re happy for them, are there for support and as them what you can help them do- end of story!
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