In my opinion, pregnancy is one of the most amazing experiences imaginable. I mean, you are literally growing a human being inside your body. Still, it's not easy. As your body grows, changes, and stretches, it hurts. And that's saying nothing of the often uncomfortable encounters with people (strangers and family alike) around you. So as someone who’s been pregnant three times, it pains me to say that there are more than a few cruel things people do to pregnant women, especially late in the pregnancy game. When you are tired, sore, cranky, and ready to be done being pregnant, is when, in my experience, people are at their worst.
I found that especially in your third trimester of pregnancy, people can be really mean. They ask intrusive questions, violate your personal boundaries, and invade your privacy. I’ve been touched by strangers in the check-out lane, asked when and how I was delivering my baby, and had people shame me for being pregnant "at my age." I've also had people speculate about how much weight I've gained and ask me, repeatedly, if I was "sure I wasn't having twins." I mean, why people? Why?
It seems like people are so overly interested in pregnant people’s bodies, plans, and parenting choices, that they simply can’t keep their mouth shut. The third trimester of pregnancy is hard enough, without people saying and doing things to you that are actually pretty cruel, like the following: