The first time it happened I was standing in line at Starbucks. I told the barista my order and the person behind me said, "Better make that decaf." I turned around expecting to see a friend making a joke (because I never order decaf), but discovered a stranger instead. I had received my first ticket from the pregnancy police. Since then, I have received comments, unsolicited advice, and questions from friends and strangers alike. I'm honestly no longer shocked at the things the pregnancy police actually said to me when I was pregnant.
Over the years these pregnancy citations have come in all forms, from concern trolling — seemingly well-intentioned advice about my or my baby's health or wellbeing that is really subtly shaming me for what I am or am not doing — to asking "innocent" questions about my body, my pregnancy, and my parenting plans. It seems like there's something about pregnancy that makes even the most reasonable people think they have the right to deputize themselves as officers of the pregnancy police and tell pregnant people what to do.
It's so not cool, because no matter how helpful you think you are, my body belongs to me and my plans for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting are none of your freaking business. From now on, I think it's time that pregnant people start resisting arrest and for the pregnancy police to discover their right to remain silent.