Some men seem to think they know everything, including what it's like to be a woman. In fact, they're so knowledgeable they'll tell you all about their vast intelligence every chance they get. It's so common for men to be treated as authorities on everything that they honestly don't realize they're mansplaining something, let alone how offensive it is. In my opinion, the worst offenders are the men who have tried to mansplain my own pregnancy to me. Oh yeah. Seriously. It's a thing, and it happens more than I would care to admit.
Of all the things that should never be mansplained to a woman, pregnancy takes the damn cake. The idea that someone who has never experienced pregnancy has all of the answers is ridiculous. So, gentlemen of the world, please know that you can't possibly understand how I feel, and your opinions are not only unwelcome, they are completely and utterly irrelevant.
What things have men tried to mansplain to me, you ask? Well, actually, pretty much everything. I've had men try to tell me how to stay healthy and what I should and should not be doing with my body when I'm pregnant. By the way, did you know you should eat healthy and get lots of exercise when you're growing another human being inside your body? Oh, but not too much, because it makes the men around you worry about you and your precious cargo. I've also had men question whether or not I am as a far along in my pregnancy as I claim, because I am "so huge," as if all pregnant bodies look the same. I've even had men try to explain how labor will go, based on how things went for their sister, cousin, wife, or some character in a book they read.
Enough. Men of the world, even those of you with the best of intentions, please stop telling pregnant women what pregnancy is like. You just don't know, and that's OK. You don't need to know to be supportive or helpful. Trust me.