With hormones all over the place, aches and pains in places you never thought possible and an exhaustion you had thought would only come after baby, it is no surprise that mums-to-be can get annoyed pretty quickly.

 

And even quicker when people seem to unintentionally go out of their way to annoy them...

 

Here are ten things you should never say to a pregnant woman - unless you are trying to rattle her cage, of course:

 

Talk about your own birthing experience

Particularly if it was a bad experience in any way. Try to remember the wise words your own mother taught you: "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all", and you'll be grand!

 

Criticise her chosen name

We wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t hear from them for a while after this – they’re probably too scared to meet you in case you comment on the second name they’ve chosen. 

 

Tell her you know someone with said name and they aren’t particularly nice

Choosing a name is tough. Really, really tough. The last thing the expectant mum needs right now is you telling her that the one person you know with that name is horrible!

 

Suggest a name

Wadding in with your own suggestions while nice just adds to the stress of name choosing. It's just another one to add to their ever growing list. 

 

Comment on the size of her bump

Never, ever mention a pregnant woman’s size. Ever. 

 

Tell her what she should be eating

Seriously, this is a no-go. Unless you are a doctor and she asks you for advice, just don’t go there.

 

Belly touching

Unless she invites you to touch her growing bump, avoid at all costs! It’s uncomfortable and awkward and more so when EVERYBODY does it!

 

When you say things like, ‘Are you still pregnant?’

Because she obviously is and is probably asking herself the same question.

 

Asking if it was planned

Whatever you do, avoid this question at all costs... 

 

Mention sibling age gaps

We're pretty sure the couple are aware of the age gap, so avoid going in with your opinions. Or be prepared for a few dirty looks!

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