Expectancy is a joyful time when women are preparing to expand their families and take part in the miracle that is giving birth to life. Although pregnant women tend to be exuberant about their statuses as moms-to-be, some family members and friends ruin the moment with their comments and actions. Here, then, are five things never to do to a pregnant woman.
Don't touch the expectant mom's stomach without permission.
Even though her belly is protruding and seems welcoming to the touch, keep away. Ask for permission every time you feel the urge to touch, even if the person is your best friend, and actually wait for a response.
Don't share horror stories
She doesn't want to hear your personal account of how birthing went wrong while she is expecting. So keep your stories to yourself and limit your comments to well wishes instead.
Do not ask personal questions
Asking the sex of the baby is one thing, but inquiring whether she is expecting twins is another. It is also a good idea to refrain from asking about the method she used to become pregnant (i.e., "Did you use IVF?").
Don't give any unwarranted advice
People want to parent their children in their own way. This is not the time for you to jump on your soapbox and start talking about why vaccinations are so important or vice versa.
Don't be insensitive to her condition
If you see an expectant mom who is heavily pregnant and she steps on the train or bus after you and you're sitting down, be polite and offer her your seat. Also, if you’re in line at the store with a lot of groceries compared to her few items, let her go ahead of you. She may want to get off her feet. Pregnancy is not a sickness but some women do need a little extra help along the way. Such is the reason why it is important to offer as many courtesies as possible.