On Christmas Day, 2009, my partner and I gave my parents and in-laws the best gift ever: the announcement that they would be grandparents (again). That was one of the happiest holidays of all our lives, I think. But then came the pregnancy questions your family will ask you at Christmas. Luckily, I was spared the most painful iteration of the pregnancy inquisition, since our holiday celebrations were low-key affairs. It was just my parents at our apartment, and my in-laws on the computer screen from Buffalo via Skype. Still, they had questions.
Even though I've already experienced it twice, pregnancy is still a miracle to me, so I totally understand why people become overpowered by the need to ask a pregnant lady a million questions. Unfortunately, a lot of those questions touch upon fairly intimate categories. It will never stop being weird, at least to me, how being pregnant turns you into a magnet for inappropriate questions; questions that would never be directed to a man, or even a non-pregnant woman. I guess the sight of a pregnant woman strikes wonder and amazement in everyone around her. I mean, gestating a human is no small act.
But if you find yourself the center of attention on Christmas, with friends and family flocking around your pregnant aura, expect to hear them ask some of these well-intended, but borderline incredulous, questions: