I never know how to answer this question. I think people expect me to complain a little -- Oh! the nausea -- or maybe just gush a little about baby kicks. But really, I'm a boring pregnant lady. My complaints are slight, a little bit of nausea early on and touch of heartburn now, or fall into the category of too much information. Coworkers don't need to hear about my pelvis starting to stretch out. As for gushing, again, I feel that's too much information. Do people really need to know The Lad karate chops my intestines? So, I usually just smile and say, "Good, great," and get skeptical looks in response, as if I couldn't possibly be telling the truth.
Everyone is an expert about pregnancy except the woman who's pregnant.
One of the things I both love and hate about pregnancy is the extra attention it brings. People are so nice to you, and that's lovely. A baby bump makes everyone chivalrous. People open doors and offer to carry things and ask how you are, and that is just pleasant. Kids and baby bellies are instant conversation starters, and I've had many pleasant chats with complete strangers about kids and parenthood. But people also ask intrusive questions and offer information and advice you don't want.
Every week at the grocery store, the cashier asks me how far along I am. That's nice. But last week, she proceeded to tell me her entire history of infertility. That was just awkward.
When I was pregnant with The Boy, coworkers found me a little basket to prop my feet up on under my desk. That was kind. But one morning, when I was drinking half a cup of coffee, the business editor gave me a 10-minute lecture about the evils of caffeine for fetuses. That was unnecessary -- and nearly resulted in a beating.
And don't even get me started on the belly-patting and weight-gain questions.
What's the weirdest question, advice or comment you've gotten while pregnant?