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5ylver posted:
Dear Non-Pregnant Person,

I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women, as failing to follow them may result in serious physical harm. If you are thinking, surely she doesn't mean me — then you should probably read this twice.

1. The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is 'Congratulations!' with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you a jerk.

2. Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father — not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase 'my baby'.

3. On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in 2, the pregnancy, birth, and raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it?

4. The body of a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone's stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix, or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.

5. Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight?ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about is pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is 'You look fabulous!'.

6. By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don't need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes. Nor do we need to know how badly you will feel for us because we will be pregnant during the summer and how glad you are that YOU will not be pregnant this coming summer.

7. There is a reason that tickets to Labor & Delivery are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, MIL, or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt and genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents. You weren't invited to be there when the baby was created, you probably won't be invited to be there when it comes out either.

8. Like everything else in life, unless you receive an invitation, you are NOT invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital, and the parent's home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to 'help out'. If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.

9. If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules, and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from multiple locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.

10. The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask for you to wait three weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.


Sincerely,
All the pregnant women in the world
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palvarad responded:
OMG this made me HOWL in my office at work! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I am printing these rules out and EMAILING them to everyone! EVERYONE!

Too fabulous for words!!! My husband did the "you're gonna be hot during the summer" thing and I hissed at him.
 
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Andie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Perfectly said!! LOL

I wish I'd seen this to include in the Tuesday Tempers post, because this could really get the ball rollin!! :D

I love #9...my MIL never could get it through her head why I did NOT want her help after I had my babies. She was absolutely no help. I ended up doing everything, including making her dinner, while she got to cuddle MY new baby!! Grrr.
 
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HawaiianMommy10 responded:
I LOVE this. Im emailing it to ALL my professors Coworkers AND family !
 
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jamiesmommy76227 responded:
the summer thing is sooooo true, My last baby was born in August, and this one is due in October. Two summer pregnancies and everyone loves to point it out, like wow, I hadn't noticed that! LOL
 
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iheartdoxies responded:
I not preggers yet, but I am saving this to my computer and sending it out as soon as the situation calls for it!!!! Well put darlin!
 
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5ylver responded:
This was actually posted when I was pregnant with my 9 month old and I've held onto it ever since lol
 
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5ylver replied to jamiesmommy76227's response:
lol DD was a summer baby... and in Arizona! one day out with DH was all that it took for me to say "let's go cut my hair" lol
 
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BabyOnBoard89 responded:
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I just copied and pasted it to print out for my MIL...
She annoys the holy hell out of me!
 
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sweets1988 replied to BabyOnBoard89's response:
my goodness i love it! i have an over bearing MIL that pisses me off always saying hows "her" baby or things like that. I have no issue if she wants to watch the kids now and again for we can do a date night but there has to be a line right? she also has a very bad habit of taking away my two year old and basically over riding my rules. dono what im gunna do about her, but i might drop this in somewhere for her to read at her leisure. lol
 
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5ylver replied to BabyOnBoard89's response:
my MIL is the same. With DD#1 she constantly asked if I'm going to breastfeed, you'd think after all previous visits she'd get that my answer hadn't and wouldn't change. Then she felt obligated to tell me why I should (breastfed babies have higher IQs and such) and she even got at my mom for defending me by saying she never breastfed me and I'm the smartest one in the family and ranked very high in my graduating class. She got mad that I didn't want to be touched and stared at my belly one day, that's right STARED and told me she could see the baby moving. It was awkward


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