When I found out I was pregnant for the first time I was so excited I routinely revealed my baby news to anyone who would listen, whether they were interested or not. I quickly discovered that all pregnant women are asked, for the most part, the same set of questions, starting with, "When's your due date?" I learned the hard way that you don't always want to answer that question, and I refuse to tell anyone my due date the next time around as a result.
Blame it on the general public's love of pregnant women and their brand new babies, but the question, "When are you due?" gets old real quick. While it's wonderful to know people are so excited for your new addition, almost as much as you are, constantly answering that specific question — or dealing with comments like, "Any day now!" or intrusive questions like "No baby, yet?" — becomes a part of pregnancy you don't have the time, energy, or patience to deal with.
Still, I didn't really understand the implications of revealing my due date until it was too late. When the magical day came and went, the messages started rolling in. Phone calls, messages, social media posts and queries; I was suddenly swamped with attention I didn't necessarily appreciate. As a cranky, impatient, mom-to-be I could have done without the additional pressure. It turns out, though, that when I shared my due date with the masses I inadvertently invited more questions, unsolicited advice, assumptions, and comments. That's why I, for one, will not be revealing my due date to anyone ever again.