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Office Etiquette and Pregnancy

When it comes to pregnancy, it seems a woman’s body becomes a public topic of conversation. Below are a few tips if you are unsure of what to say to your pregnant colleague.

Acceptable questions and comments include:

  • Congratulations, I’m very excited for you.

  • You’ll be a wonderful mother.

  • How far along are you?

  • Do you know the sex of the baby?

  • You look great!

  • How are you feeling?

Non-acceptable questions and comments include:

  • Wow, you are ginormous!!

  • You’re tiny, are you eating enough?

  • Your breasts are adjusting well to pregnancy!!

  • Did you lose your mucus plug yet??

  • You must be having twins!

  • How long did it take you to conceive?

  • You must be wearing maternity clothes already!

  • Gross, is that vomit on your blouse?

  • Eating for two, eh?

  • Was this planned?

  • Do you know who the father is?

  • You look absolutely exhausted!!

  • Nice cankles!

Pregnancy can be an emotional rollercoaster for women, even without the insensitive comments. In general, keep questionable observations and thoughts to yourself. You might get a cheap laugh from your audience, but your comment can have a potentially negative impact on your colleague, who might already feel she has lost all control over her body.

Some of you are probably thinking this is all common sense, and I agree it should be. Unfortunately, that is not always reality.

Now, if your pregnant colleague points to her breasts and asks: “Would you like milk in your coffee?” … well, then please ignore everything I just said, it’s fair game from that point on!

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