I was overweight until I was in my 20s, but I’ve never stopped feeling self-conscious about my body. Having my parents and my pediatrician tell me I weighted too much did a number on my body confidence. Even when I got myself down to a size zero (mostly through overexercise and measured portions), I couldn’t feel satisfied with my body size. So, when I was in the late stage of my first pregnancy, I was extremely sensitive to comments about my shape. I imagined delivering some biting responses to people who said I was “all belly,” since I didn’t always think of these comebacks on the spot. Even if I had, it would have taken some level of bravery I had yet to obtain at that point in my life to actually say them.
After enduring the typical taunts about my body from boys when I started filling out training bras in fifth grade, I thought I would grow up to be spared such entitled commentary from my adult peers. I’ve been catcalled at every size, though, so I my hope was very short-lived. Then I became pregnant and was shocked all over again. The liberty friends and strangers alike took in sharing their thoughts about my morphing shape was just, well, unreal. It didn’t matter if these comments came from purely good intentions, they always felt horribly invasive to be on display for public commentary just because my pregnancy was evidenced in a physical way.
So for those who have trouble finding a suitable comeback to people who tell you you’re “all belly,” (like I did) here are some choice responses: