Chances are, if you're reading this, you're either a pregnant woman who's rolled her eyes too many times today, or a cisgender man who wants to learn more about how to stay on the pregnant lady in his life’s good side (or needs to learn, in the case of those who've had this forwarded to them by said pregnant lady). Reflecting on my own experiences while pregnant, plus the accumulated wisdom (and/or annoyance) of all my mom friends, there are a few things pregnant women need men to know to help make coexisting during this people-making process more pleasant.
When I was pregnant, I saw examples of cis men at their best, namely my husband and close male friends, who helped make sure I was safe and comfortable, while continuing to treat me like a normal person with interests beyond pregnancy. However, I also saw examples of cis men at their most aggravating: manspreading on the subway while I had to stand and pray that I wouldn't crash belly-first into anything at each stop; cracking jokes about how much childbirth was going to hurt; and yelling about how sexy I was as I practically waddled down the street. I almost wished I could puke on cue just to teach them a lesson.
Dudes: do better. We all deserve better company at all stages of life, but especially when we're making new people, and have way less energy to deal with the minor annoyances and major transgressions that frequently make men difficult to live with. Please keep the following things in mind the next time you're interacting with a pregnant woman, OK?