Tuesday, December 23, 2008

People and Pregnancy

This is me before our Christmas party on Saturday. Not bad for 15 weeks, eh? I am feeling a little self-concious that I am so big already, but I'm sure it will all even out in the end. One of my friends at church was saying that she was quite large before her son was born, and she could not handle people coming up to her and saying, "You must be having twins because you're huge!" I'm kind of holding my breath for these types of comments and the strange people trying to touch my stomach as the pregnancy continues. Fortunately, so far people have been quite tactful and understanding and I haven't gotten a lot of weird, insensitive comments or anything like that. One of my coworkers told me that after having a couple of kids, she finally just started grabbing either the guy's package or the woman's breast (depending obviously on who was touching her pregnant belly) and that seemed to get the point across. I know I couldn't be that brave, but part of me would really like to have the cahooneys to be able to do that. I think something more my style would be putting my hand on the intruder's stomach and asking when they are due. I'm also considering getting a t-shirt made that says something like "Please step away from the stomach" or "Don't touch." I've certainly found myself to be much more snarky as the pregnancy continues.

I'm not sure what it is about people and pregnancy that somehow gives people the feeling that they are entitled to offer unsolicited advice ("You should eat more fiber to help with constipation."), reprimand freely ("You're eating that??!!"), and unabashedly touch and invade your personal space. For something so intimate and personal....it just shocks me. When I get further along, I might start dressing in goth or doing the "David in the desert" thing (remember in the OT, when David, as he was hiding from King Saul, pretended to be crazy? I always loved that story!) just to keep people away. And by people, I definitely mean strangers and people I'm not comfortable with. This in no way applies to my friends and family because, well, first of all they don't do this, and if they do, they usually preface it with, "I know you're getting a lot of unnecessary advice already..." or "I did the same thing and all 10 of my babies came out perfectly healthy!"

Anyway, it feels nice to get some of that out there. If any of you have any friends or relatives that do these things, please remind them that we pregnant women are extremely hormonal and it's best not to provoke us.

Because like the animals at the zoo, if you provoke us, we may lunge, spit, or fling poo.

Merry Christmas!


  1. You look awesome!
    As for people doing weird things to pregnant women... I am so with you. On that note, check out this http://ouwehand.blogspot.com/2008/01/things-you-should-never-say-to-pregnant.html

    I wrote it when I was very pregnant with Silas.


  2. That is an AWESOME post :-) So glad I've got other people out there to commiserate with!!

    Thanks Caryn!