I’d always heard about strangers giving pregnant woman unsolicited advice, and I’ve mostly gotten off scot-free there. Well, except for the time I bought a case of beer and the sweet old lady at Walmart felt the need to make sure I knew that was bad for my baby.
In her defense, it’s possible I didn’t, so she was being helpful. Ahem.
What I’d not prepared for was the unsolicited drive-by advice comments from people I do know. Really, they have no point or benefit, if you stop and think about it.
“You’re driving to beach? Pregnant? You know you’ll be stopping every five minutes!” Thanks, I had no idea my need to pee would INCREASE because I’d be in a car.
“You’re taking the dogs? Pregnant? Are you… well, that’s just interesting.” Right, because our dogs will suddenly be more/ less well-behaved because they recognize I’m percolating a human in here. Uh, huh.
“You’re working after the baby comes? Well.. okay.” Yes, because producing a human will suddenly mean I no longer enjoy my job (possible) or begin to get checks from anonymous sources.
“You’re traveling/ not traveling that soon/ long afterward?” I just said that, didn’t I? No, am not willing to fly across the country twice in two months with a three- and four-month old. No, am not able to take two more weeks of vacation in the same year as maternity leave, for which I would like to be paid. And yes, of course I would love to make multiple trips with an infant during a school semester for my husband – never mind the cost – just for your convenience so you can show off the kid I pushed out of my girl parts!
Had to get that off my chest. Also, yes, we’re driving multiple hours — and picking up my brother along the way — with the dogs.