Oh, people. You gotta love ‘em.

And people LOVE to talk to pregnant ladies—and say the weirdest stuff. Team Motherly got together and shared some of the craziest comments + questions people have ever said to them. Enjoy—


1. “You must be carrying twins!”

2. “You're ready to pop, right?” (When I was about 30 weeks pregnant.)

3. “Have you looked into having an orgasmic birth?”

4. “You're not going to name your baby one of those weird names, are you?”

5. A stranger on an airplane reached out and touched my belly while I was waiting for the bathroom and said, "Isn't pregnancy beautiful"? (Did I mention he was a 60
year old man?)

6. “Does a contraction feel like an orgasm?” (My brother while I was in the delivery room.)

7. “Do you miss wine?” (Duh.)

8. “Just by looking at you I know you're having a girl.” (Um nope it's a boy, thanks for playing, though.)

9. “There’s no way you'll be able to have that baby without an epidural.”

10. "Any day now!" (When I was 5 months pregnant.)

11. "Who's the fat lady?"

12. “What's your parenting philosophy?”

13. “Aren't you terrified?!”

14. “Aren't you afraid you're going to poop while you're pushing?”

15. “So, is it your husband’s?”

16. “Oops! A surprise baby, huh?”

17. "You're too young to have a baby!"

18. “I don't know why but pregnant people freak me out.”

19. "Ugh, I am so glad I’m not pregnant."

20. “I see you've been busy!” (Wink, wink.)

21. “You're done after this one, right?”

22. “Why are your boobs so big?”

23. “I could never love a little boy named Theo.”

24. "Don't name them [INSERT ANY NAME HERE]. It's awful."

25. "You're never going to sleep again."

26. “You're getting so fat!”

27. “Are you sure you should be eating that?”

28. (About a wedding) "I mean you'll be somewhat sober, right?"

29. “What are you having? Another girl?! Your poor husband.”

30. “Since you have a girl and a boy now you can be done.”

31. "Another one? Wow! You're gonna have your hands full!"

32. “You are not going to be one of those moms who make their own baby food, are you?”

33. “Are you going to be induced so you can make it to your sisters wedding?"

34. "You look so uncomfortable."

35. "Your belly is SO BIG!"

36. “Did you get pregnant on purpose?"

37. (Person speaking to my husband, while pointing at my belly) "It's all downhill from here, right?"

38. (Person speaking to my husband, while pointing at my belly) "Maybe it's not yours! Then you're off the hook!"

39. “You're going on a diet when the baby finally comes out, right?”

40. “You look too skinny to be pregnant.”

41 “You chose a terrible time to get pregnant."

42. "It's about time!"

43. "When I had my baby, I was in labor for 40 hours and thought I was going to die. I'm sure your delivery will be great though!"

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