It's sad that in 2017, we're still at a place where pregnancy can be so profoundly misunderstood and stigmatized in the workplace that it can be made to be a source of embarrassment, annoyance, or even a personal liability. I asked women to share the most discouraging thing they heard from their employer while pregnant and, you guys, I am genuinely proud some of these women are not writing to me from prison. I don't even know what I'd do if I heard some of this crap.
Actually, I probably do know what I would do: groan, feel discouraged, and deal with it, just like a lot of them did. Just like millions of pregnant women do every day, because it's easy to feel alone when you're the one pregnant person in your office. However, hopefully seeing that so many other people have been in your shoes can help give you the courage to stand up for yourself, or go to HR and demand the equal treatment and respect you deserve.
If you're not there yet though, no judgment. There are a lot of reasons people do not speak out against suboptimal (or even illegal) treatment at work: needing a job (I mean, especially when you have a baby on the way, come on now), not wanting to create a tense or uncomfortable work environment, feeling as though you'll experience some form of retribution for speaking up. But even if this list doesn't inspire you to advocate for yourself, I hope it at least provides some comfort in knowing you're not alone. (Of course, realizing there are others like you is usually the first step in speaking up and then rising up and then PREGNANT LADY REVOLUTION! It will be glorious, but with no heavy lifting roller coasters.)