Culture The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman  

Inger Lund Carter
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List Rules The list is about ways other people annoy you while you are pregnant. It’s not about the worst pregnancy symptoms, pregnancy health issues, or pregnancy scares.

Pregnancy sucks at times, as it is. Why do the people around you have to pile on by being so annoying? What not to say to a pregnant woman should be obvious, right? Apparently not. Whether you hate being pregnant or love it, you’ve gotten all kinds of unsolicited advice, unwanted touches, and uncool comments about your body over the course of those nine months. One glance at your belly and your relatives, friends, and total strangers somehow feel they’ve been granted permission to share overshare incredibly personal information about their own pregnancies and birth stories. (Do you know what TMI stands for, Grandma?)  

People you’ve never even met will ask you invasive questions and invade your personal space. If you’re currently pregnant or already a mom, what is your biggest pet peeve? Surely you’ve experienced most if not all of the irritating situations listed here. Here’s your chance to bond with all the mamas over the many reasons you hate pregnancy: Vote up your biggest pregnancy pet peeves, vote down the things that are just baby stuff.

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Strangers Touching Your Belly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Strangers Touching Your Belly Touching is bad. Rubbing is way worse. But who does this? Everyone. That's who.

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Unsolicited Childrearing Advic... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Unsolicited Childrearing Advice The tiny little human they are talking about isn't even born yet. Can't the lecture wait?

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Judgmental Moms, Judging Your ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Judgmental Moms, Judging Your Birth Plan Ugh. 

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Innuendos About Your Size is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Innuendos About Your Size You’re in a crowd and someone says, “Clear the way, pregnant lady comin’ through.”

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Suggesting Your Life Will Be M... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Suggesting Your Life Will Be Miserable With Kids That person who says to you and your husband/significant other, “Enjoy yourselves, NOW, while you STILL can. ”

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Being Smelly Near You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Being Smelly Near You That coworker who eats fish third-day leftovers at his desk at the peak of your morning sickness.

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Stereotyping You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Stereotyping You You’re in a bad mood and someone rolls their eyes and says, “Hormones.”

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Being Watched by the Food Poli... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Being Watched by the Food Police You’re mid-bite and your mom gasps, “Are you sure you can eat that?”

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Not Giving Up Their Seats is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Not Giving Up Their Seats That dude on the subway clearly sees you, but he's not going to budge.

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Sharing Associations With the ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Sharing Associations With the Name You Chose "I knew someone with that name in the second grade. Omg. She was so...." The next word in that story is never, ever good. 

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Begging to Know the Name is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Begging to Know the Name Even though you’ve said you’re waiting to reveal the name at birth, they keep asking. And asking. And asking. 

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Women Oversharing Birth Storie... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Women Oversharing Birth Stories She may think she's being helpful, but hearing it took four days to give birth and that she needed 39 stitches is just plain frightening.

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Insincere Compliments is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Insincere Compliments He tells you, “You’re glowing!” You think to yourself, “I look like THIS today, and you are seriously still going to say that? Today???”

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Assumptions About Your Career is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Assumptions About Your Career Out of the blue, a colleague says, "It's been nice working with you. Good luck with the mom thing."

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Not-So-Subtle Hints About the ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Not-So-Subtle Hints About the Name You did not know that your mother-in-law was so fond of your great uncle Ludwig. But yes, you are aware that last names as first names is now "a thing."

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Guessing Your Due Date is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Guessing Your Due Date They ask, “So, what are you, like a couple days away?” Um. Try months. And yes, I am totally huge, thanks.

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Predicting the Sex of Your Bab... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Predicting the Sex of Your Baby You start to feel like you're in the movie, The Sixth Sense, but instead of seeing dead people, these kooks claim to know what's growing inside you.  A random person stares at your stomach and tells you definitively, ...

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Guessing When You Conceived is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Annoying Things to Say or Do to a Pregnant Woman
Guessing When You Conceived By your best friend’s husband's math, it was the weekend when you and your closest college friends and their husbands got together at his parents' lake house, and you slept in the guest room above the garage, in the bed with the ...