I was pregnant six different times in three different offices. When you're in such close quarters with other people for the majority of your day, you're bound to experience a few awkward moments, especially when there are so many strange things going on with your always-changing body. Well, misery loves company, my friends, so I asked other moms to share their most awkward stories about being pregnant at work. Of course, my fellow moms did not disappoint.
I've survived more than a few floundering moments in all those offices during all my pregnancies. You see, dear reader, corporate America is not set up for pregnant people. It doesn't have to be that way, to be sure, but it's definitely that way right now. Pregnant bellies are seen as a "weakness," an "inconvenience," and a potential "distraction." I tried, unsuccessfully, of course, to downplay my pregnancy. I made a solid effort to simultaneously be the jolly pregnant woman dedicated to her job, while actively trying to minimize any signs that I was growing another human being in my body. After all, it obviously made my superiors uncomfortable. None of it worked, of course.
The most awkward moment for me, hands down, was having to justify a work absence to a stone-faced superior. I had a routine 13-week ultrasound where I was told they could no longer find a beating heart. I cried when I told my superior I wouldn't be coming back for the rest of the day. After that, I was never able to escape being labeled "emotional" in the office. What are your most awkward pregnant office stories? Eight women shared their stories, so at least we all know we're not alone.