What's With the Comments About How Enormous I Am?
I went to the dentist the other day and the person cleaning my teeth was all excited that I was pregnant. "How far along are you?" she casually asked. "Almost five months I said. She stopped me dead in my tracks and said, "No, are you sure you're not having twins?!" "Yes, I'm sure," I said not amused. Then she called over another hygienist and said, "Guess how far along she is." And the woman said, "Eight months." Eight friggin' months?! WTF. Both of these were women, and both were moms, so what's with the insensitive comments? I'm sure they didn't realize that remarking on how enormous I am was hurtful to an already self-conscious pregnant woman, but come on! Isn't it common knowledge not to make comments about a mom-to-be's girth? That wasn't the only comment. My mother-in-law saw me for the first time and said, "You're huge!" and I also have gotten a few times, "How much weight have you gained?" Now that one tops the cake. Seriously? Did you just ask a pregnant woman how many extra pounds she's carrying around?
I was warned by other pregnant women that I'd receive tons of unsolicited advice from other parents, and would possibly even get my belly rubbed by strangers. But I was not at all prepared for the abundance of blunt observations about my expanding body. Tell me, have you gotten rude or insensitive remarks during your pregnancy? If so, how did you handle it?