What to Say (and What NOT to Say) to a Pregnant Woman

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Now nearing the end of my second pregnancy, I realize I had forgotten how much people (especially random people that you have never met before) like to engage pregnant women in conversation.

It can be hard to appreciate it when it’s pressing down on your bladder 24/7, but while you are experiencing the 40 weeks of wonder (and incredible discomfort), you forget just how cute a pregnant belly can be.

In recent weeks, more and more people have smiled at me on the street or said hi when they might not have otherwise. Some ask if I know what gender the baby is, or what we’ll be naming him. Others ask when my due date is, or mention that they’ve been in my position and know how uncomfortable I must feel. All very sweet and innocent conversation, and I always welcome the sentiment or empathy.

But every so often when you’re pregnant, a person approaches you and does or says the most inappropriate thing.

They probably mean well (and don’t know that it’s inappropriate), but there are some things that everyone should know about when dealing with pregnant ladies, especially if those mamas-to-be are strangers.

Here’s a list of things you might want to say or do — and the alternative that would be much better.

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