The pregnant woman was grocery shopping one day, when an older lady approached her and commented on her belly being ‘huge’. She responded rudely and turned to the internet to see if she did the right thing.
The Woman Is Eight Months Pregnant
The woman is 35 years old and eight months into her pregnancy. She explained, “Something I’ve learned is that a LOT of people, mostly older women, feel that if you get pregnant they suddenly have the right to both comment and touch your body without permission.”
She Is Sick Of Strangers Commenting On Her Pregnancy
She described herself as a very private person and doesn’t like it when strangers comment on her pregnancy or touch her without warning. She said, “While I don’t take offense, it does encourage the inner snark to come out.”
She Began To Show At Five Months
Her pregnant belly started to show at 5 or 6 months. She also added, “I have two fibroids that are each quite large, think softball size. This causes me to look bigger and further along than I am.”
Her Belly Is Very Obvious
The woman didn’t gain weight anywhere else, so her belly looks very obvious on her frame, even under baggy clothing.
An Older Lady Approached Her
One day she was at a grocery store when an older, larger lady approached her. The lady said “Congrats! How far along are you?”. The woman smiled and answered her, stepping out of the way. She explained, “This is usually when they go for a belly feel.”
She Exclaimed, “You’re Huge!”
The lady looked at her in surprise and said “Oh hun, I would have guessed any day now! You’re huge!”
The Woman Replied, “You Too!”
The woman explained that she responded by smiling sweetly and said, “Aw thanks, you too!”
The Lady Was Offended
The comment wasn’t taken well and the lady expressed that her weight was medical. The pregnant woman sarcastically said that hers was too but the conversation was still heated. The older lady eventually walked away.
The Woman Clarified The Situation
She explained, “I strongly feel that there shouldn’t be a stigma that pregnant women suddenly become public property, but acknowledge I could have once again been the ‘bigger person’.
Was She In The Wrong?
Should she have handled the situation differently? Did she overreact? Or was her comment justified?
She Turned To The Internet For Support
One person commented, “Good answer. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean she can immediately feel entitled to comment on your body. She’s not a doctor, she has no business judging what your body should look like 8 months pregnant. Her comment was inappropriate and I hope people will stop doing that someday…”
Other People Disagreed
One person said, “So this woman was simply having a kind and normal conversation about your pregnancy and you chose to unnecessarily insult her?”
Another User Commented
“Even though it was offensive to you, I’m willing to bet that was not her intention, and she probably thought it was just a nice comment. You on the other hand, consciously insulted her.”
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