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How's Bump??? And other inane questions...

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CornishFirstTimer22 Thu 25-Jul-13 13:45:02

OK, so they're maybe not all inane, but I must be asked 'how's bump?' about fifty times a day!!!

How do I reply?? 'Bumpy', 'Fine' or instead provide them with a 20 minute assessment of my current pregnancy status?

Other crackers are - 'Does the bump hurt? and 'What can you eat?'

So come on ladies... what other questions really 'get your goat'???

Disclaimer - This is just for fun, I know most people are just genuinely being curious...

:-)

Lovemyprincess4eva Thu 25-Jul-13 14:30:40

"How are you coping in this heat?"
Do they want the honest answer of I strip off as soon as I get home and look a complete mess from the minute my door closes cos I am sweating like a pig!! Or the nice answer of 'oh its not too bad, I'm managing'

There are hundreds of others but that is the most common recently xx

Chickpea1983 Thu 25-Jul-13 14:47:02

A guy I know always asks me 'how is the pregnancy'. I don't know why, but it makes my skin crawl (maybe more to do with him than the question). I think it is a much more personal question than asking 'how are you doing/feeling'. His wife had a baby recently, so I think he sees himself as some kind of bloody expert now!

Futterby Thu 25-Jul-13 14:47:36

My gran asked me when I was 20 weeks "will these jammies fit you when you're in labour?" I told her that I have no idea how big I'll be, and she said "yeah, but what do you think?" confused

HotSoupDumpling Thu 25-Jul-13 14:49:19

OP, I love your reply of 'bumpy'! I will be using that in future instead of the v boring 'fine, fine, as usual' etc

lovemy - I get asked that all the time. I don't think they want my answer, which consists of a long bullet point list involving tepid showers, ice water food baths, wearing not much, eating ice-lollies, bouncing on a gym ball in front of a fan, lying around.

Not inane but does annoy me:

Q: Are you allowed to eat XYZ?

A: I'm 'allowed' to eat whatever the hell I like. I've decided to avoid some foods because of the risks they pose.

textbook Thu 25-Jul-13 14:57:11

My favourite so far has been from my midwife, who when measuring my fundal height (and scaring me about baby's size) asked, "So... do you have a feeling about whether this baby will be bigger or smaller than your first child?"

Uh, no. And even if I did, a "feeling" isn't exactly scientific. If you're concerned about me having another small baby, how about a scan?!?

mrsspagbol Thu 25-Jul-13 14:59:06

"If you're concerned about me having another small baby, how about a scan?!?"

Lol! grin

MrsDeVere Thu 25-Jul-13 14:59:20

I am very annoying.
I often ask random pregnant women how they are feeling, how they are coping in the heat, if they are ok etc.

I have had 5dcs

I just thought I was being nice.

Futterby Thu 25-Jul-13 15:04:37

Touchy hmm

It gets incredibly irritating when every single person you've met that day asks you the same inane question and saying the same reply over and over and over again.

MrsDeVere Thu 25-Jul-13 15:13:31

I have been pregnant a fair bit. I am not quite senile yet.
You are not the only person ever to have had a baby hmm

Touchy yourself.

HotSoupDumpling Thu 25-Jul-13 15:18:10

Oi oi MrsDV, the OP has specifically said 'this is just for fun'...

Christelle2207 Thu 25-Jul-13 15:45:23

Really grates me too the "how's the bump" question. I now just smile and say "growing".

Teaandflapjacks Thu 25-Jul-13 15:49:40

I don't know - it's quite nice to be asked if you want to moan for two mins though isn't it - I mean - they did ask! So you can just off load e.g. - 'fricking uncomfortable, feet look like Hobitt feet, could irrigate a vineyard just by walking past it, can't sleep, keep wanting to hit people in the face with a wet fish' and so on - have a bit of fun with it! I do, cheers me right up. grin

FrussoHathor Thu 25-Jul-13 16:00:07

I always followed the "how's the bump" question with looking down and saying "well it's still there" in a monotone voice.

Also occasionally fun to look down in shock and exclaim "where the f..k did that come from?" Or looking at the questioner with a blank face and asking the "what bump?" Or "Are you saying I'm fat?"

thecakeisalie Thu 25-Jul-13 16:01:34

I've gotten so used to being asked the same inane questions looking after my 3 nearly 4yr old ds1 all day long!

The general questions people ask never really bothered me with either pregnancy I know its just people trying to be a friendly and show an interest. Doubt it'll bother me this time either, only 5 weeks so a way to go before they start though!

Lydia161290 Thu 25-Jul-13 16:05:16

'When are you due?'
'How are you coping?'
'Do you need any help with your one shopping bag?'
'How do you fit into ordinary clothes still?'
'Are you married?'
'Wow, you look so young to be pregnant. How old are you?' (i'm 22)
'Do you know who the father is?'
'Does he work?'
'Do you live together?'
'Have you got everything you need for the baby?'

The worst, and it's not even a question, it's just a saying that REALLY irritates me :: 'NOT LONG TO GO NOW!'

I'm 40 weeks. I think I know.

CornishFirstTimer22 Thu 25-Jul-13 16:07:28

I know most people are just trying be nice, and funnily the same questions bother me a lot less coming from some people rather than others!!

I think it's the people you know who just ask because they literally can't think of anything else to say that grate!! My mum/ OH/ family etc are genuinely asking!

I am reserving the right to be as tetchy/ unreasonable in this heat/ with these hormones as I please... ;-)

SuffolkNWhat Thu 25-Jul-13 19:03:33

The heat one I just fix them with a state a mutter "badly". They soon leave you alone!

Andanotherthing123 Thu 25-Jul-13 19:12:59

"I bet you're hoping for a girl this time.". Really winds me up as it's such a bloody irritating thing to assume. Also, the people who say "I bet you wanted a third so you can try for a girl". No, don't care what the gender is, I've loved having boys but a girl would be equally nice.

Thank you for letting me rant.

Bunnylion Thu 25-Jul-13 19:43:57

I don't mind the questions so much, but I am getting bored of hearing non-pregnant people moaning about how they can't sleep in this weather.

I usually just give them a sympathetic look and resist opening the pregnancy winge-floodgates, but I've not got more than a solid hour myself in the past week; what with the spd, heart burn, giant kicking belly, inability to move, cramp, itching, oh and this weather. (floodgate has been firmly closed again).

Bunnylion Thu 25-Jul-13 19:45:24

Oh and the weeing every hour at night. Mustn't forget the weeing. smile

BungleGeorgeAndZippy Thu 25-Jul-13 19:45:38

"Are you sure there so ly one in there?" YES! I'm flipping 8.5 months pregnant, when a I allowed to looks pregnant!

"God you're huuuuuuge!"

"How long do you have left (at work)" - one day less than when you asked me yesterday.

MsCatShoes Thu 25-Jul-13 19:58:02

I've been asked: "Are you still moving around okay?" ... I'm only 20wks ...

Hubb Thu 25-Jul-13 20:09:30

I'm really really fed up with the inane conversation, "have you got any cravings" is a hot one for me at the moment...

TickTockTimesUp Thu 25-Jul-13 20:18:08

'how's the bump?'
'bet you're hating this heat'
and my all time favorite 'd you know what you're having?' I usually just answer with hopefully it will be a baby, but it could also be an alien. angry

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