Just remember what your mama always told you: If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.
That's the consensus of expectant mothers surveyed recently on BabyFit.com about the comments they've endured during their pregnancy.
"Do not tell a pregnant woman that she looks like h*ll. Do not tell a pregnant woman that you loved being pregnant, that you were never sick, or that it didn't hurt... Do not tell a pregnant woman that there must be something wrong with her baby because she hasn't gained as much weight as her co-workers who are also pregnant," says BabyFit member LauraIP, due in mid-May.
Most of all, she adds, "Do not tell a pregnant woman that because she hates being pregnant, she must therefore hate her baby."
Other moms-to-be agree.
"You already feel so unattractive-- your legs are fat and swollen, and you feel so roly-poly. Your organs are squished together. The last thing you need to hear is some rude remark that makes you feel worse," according to Tami, a Cincinnati mom in her ninth month of pregnancy.
Tami, already a mom to two daughters and a son, was amazed at some of the remarks made to her this time around.
"Things like 'Man, you're getting huge!' or 'Boy, your belly's getting fat.' I wanted to yell-- 'I'm not fat, I'm pregnant!'"