by Amy L. Hatch
The minute a women gets pregnant, she instantly becomes community property.
Complete strangers feel perfectly comfortable touching your belly. They offer completely unsolicited advice. They share their utterly horrifying, terrifying birth stories – “You wouldn’t believe the size of that tear!” or “And then, I almost died!”
And they ask an awful lot of stupid questions. That doesn’t stop after you give birth, either. I know this from first-hand experience, like the time my mother’s real estate agent asked me why I chose not to breastfeed.
Um, what? I’m sorry, did you just ask me an extremely personal, totally loaded question about the way I provide my newborn child with the sustenance she requires to live?
Of course you did!
I’ve even had people ask me how I “feel about not having a real birth experience” after my c-section. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure I did actually give birth.
We heard some doozies this week when we spent some time with Kevin and Sarah at Mix 94.5. Laura’s been asked if her children belong to her because her girls have light hair and hers is dark. She’s also been asked if she’s expecting twins, when she certainly was not.
Were they planned? Oh, she’s adopted? How much did that cost? Are you the nanny? How old were you when you got pregnant?
The list goes on and on. It makes us crazy, and it reflects a deep disrespect not only for our privacy and our feelings, but for women in general. Ever hear anyone ask a dad why he decided to go back to work after the baby came? Nope, didn’t think so.
The best response to an inappropriate comment or question is a snappy response. So we’re asking you to tell us the most annoying or rude question you’ve been asked as a mother — and give us your best come-backs.
Ready, set … GO!