Some things are simply off limits when speaking to a pregnant woman, especially one who is rounding out the 40 week mark of being a human incubator.
Unless you want a shoe thrown at you, these ten things should be avoided at all costs when speaking to a heavily pregnant and overdue mum-to-be.
Being pregnant is a momentous and beautiful experience. Except when you’re overdue. When you’ve gone past your due date, being pregnant becomes pretty much the worst experience ever.
Bring On Labour…Not The Irritating Questions
The only way to make it worse? By running into someone who says one of these cringe-worthy statements.
If you are heavily overdue and someone says these things to you, you have permission to roll your eyes, walk away, or, if you can still manage to reach your foot, take off your shoe and throw it at them (well, not really).
Because…you’re 40+ weeks pregnant. And the rules of proper etiquette and politeness officially do not apply to you anymore.
So, without further ado, behold the best questions to ask, messages to send, and comments to say to ensure you won’t be invited to the hospital when bub finally does make his much-anticipated appearance.
1. “Have you tried…”
If it’s been known to potentially induce labour, even only in monkeys, then yes, I’ve tried it. I’ve done it. I’ve drank it. I’ve eaten it. I’ve smeared it all over my oversized stomach. NOTHING.
2. “Any news?”
This question usually comes in the form of a text message. And you will probably get one every few hours. No news means no baby. And no, you don’t need to text again in an hour.
3. “Still no baby?”
Another well-meant message that will probably end poorly. Because what all pregnant women need at this stage of their pregnancy is MORE pressure from people to have the baby. As if the overdue infant currently pressing down on her bladder isn’t pressure enough…
4. “The baby must like it in there”
Attention everyone. This is an important safety announcement. MY UTERUS IS NOT A HOUSE. Refer to it as a ‘home’ one more time and you will be greeted with the hormonal female equivalent of The Hulk.
Pregnant women don’t give a stuff if their uterus is welcoming. Why? Because what’s more welcoming is the nursery they’ve spent the last six months designing and filling up with expensive baby items. The womb is an unwelcoming water hole. Baby should NOT be encouraged to enjoy his stay in there any longer.
5. “You poor thing”
Poor? Perhaps. Out of patience? Definitely. No pregnant mum needs a pity party right now. A shot of labour-inducing Pitocin wouldn’t go astray though…
6. “Have you experienced any signs of labour?”
Insert “story of losing mucus plug/having a bloody show/thinking your waters have broken but really only peed yourself” right here. Gory details necessary.
Because if anyone is silly enough to ask this question, then they deserve to be hit with ALL the disgusting details.
7. “When I went into labour…”
I’m just going to stop you right there and walk away. Because, although overdue and annoyed, logic prevails, even in pregnancy. And we all know what you did/ate/danced to/thought about before you gave birth has ZERO relevance to my own situation.
So, please, stop with the stories on why you went into labour and why I have not.
8. “It feels like you’ve been pregnant forever”
Yes, the duration of my pregnancy must be so hard on everyone else… the sleepless nights, the false contractions, the aching back, the constant worry that something is wrong. Oh, wait, that’s me.
9.”Baby will come when he’s ready”
Thanks, Captain Obvious.
10. “You’re STILL pregnant?”
Wait? What? Am I? Thank god this person stopped me in the supermarket to inform me that, yes, I am, indeed still pregnant. I would have never known otherwise.
Smile. Nod. Walk away.
There you have it! The 10 questions to NEVER ask an over-due mum-to-be!
Once you have bub, you may want to check out these 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Breastfeeding.
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