Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Truth: Pregnant Women Do Not Enjoy Fat Jokes.

Yes, Ha Ha, I get it. I've got a growing belly, occasionally an appetite that could make me want to out-eat a Sumo wrestler (ok, perhaps not THAT big), and I walk kinda funny. But let's get one thing straight: I'm not fat, I'm pregnant!

I think I'm speaking for all pregnant women out there when I say that not one of us enjoys being the butt of anyone's "fat" jokes...or being called "huge"...or "chubby"....or even "all cute and fat and prego". Nope, I promise you, say that to a pregnant woman and she will not be a happy camper....and you soon might not be either. This, I swear.

Whether it's done in jest, to be cute or to pursue a laugh, I don't find it funny one little bit. If you've ever been pregnant, you know. I've got a growing belly that I can't control, weight gain that's supposed to happen, and a body that is slowly but surely morphing into something I've never seen before. Let me tell you, I've never been so self conscious about my body in my whole entire life. And while some of you may think it's cute and I should have nothing to be so self conscious about, it's just not how I am feeling and people need to be sensitive to that.

At the risk of sounding like a five year old, those "chubby" comments and "fat" jokes, no matter how cute or silly they're supposed to be, hurt my feelings. And if you've ever said them to another pregnant woman, I promise you they hurt her's too. What a way to make a woman feel ten times worse about her ever-changing body, than to call her "fattie" while she's expecting. While you may not understand why she doesn't think it's funny, it certainly makes sense in her head, and it's just not nice.

So please, instead of making a joke at the expense of a woman who's pregnant, self conscious and already overly-emotional, why not just tell her how wonderful she looks instead?

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