If you've recently found out that you're pregnant, you've likely been overwhelmed with a wide array of emotions: excitement, elation, fear, and apprehension are among the many feels your hormones are subjecting you to on a daily basis — but the fun hardly stops there. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, your burgeoning womb may have also fallen victim to the intrusive comments and unwanted groping of perfect strangers. Oh, you haven't gotten to that point yet? Just wait, it's coming. Sorry, sister, but it's definitely coming.
What is it about an expanding belly that makes complete strangers feel the relentless desire to comment on its size and shape? And when did it become OK to put their germy hands all over your mid-section? First of all, no; second of all, no! Maybe it's just me, but it seems more reasonable to assume that when a woman's body is in the process of creating a new human life, it would be an especially good time to give her space, both physically with a lack of your hands on her, and mentally with a lack of your comments about her body.
I understand that inquisitiveness is human nature, but there's something to be said for respecting boundaries, rather than stomping all over them while underhandedly insulting the size and/or shape of someone's body. I get that pregnancy is exciting, and I'm assuming (OK, praying) that people mean well when they make ill-conceived comments about the female form, but there are just some things that never need to be said about a pregnant woman's body. Here are a few to always – always — avoid.