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What do people mean by 'you've got a really neat bump'?

(27 Posts)
BedHog Sun 04-Sep-11 09:28:46

I've been told this many times over the past few weeks (I'm 32 weeks preg), and I usually smile and say thankyou as I presume they mean it as a compliment. But to be honest I haven't a clue what they mean! Do they mean small? All out front? A definite bump rather than flab? Symmetrical? confused And what would a 'messy bump' look like? To me, my bump looks just the same as all the other baby bumps I see.

Has anybody else had frequent comments about the neatness of their bump? What do you think people mean?

deemented Sun 04-Sep-11 09:31:01

I think it means that you don't look like a big fat heifer.

StewieGriffinsMom Sun 04-Sep-11 09:33:25

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BedHog Sun 04-Sep-11 09:34:11

Until I turn around and they see my big fat pregnant arse!! grin

LawrieMarlow Sun 04-Sep-11 09:34:28

I think my sister has a neat bump. I think what I mean is that she is still thin but with a bump stuck on.

DilysPrice Sun 04-Sep-11 09:36:35

You clearly look like a normally slim woman with a watermelon stuffed down her frock. Within reason that's a very good thing, congratulations.

KikiRC Sun 04-Sep-11 09:46:28

I told my friend who was about 38 weeks she had a neat bump. I meant that she looked really well, and hadn't put on much weight anywhere else, just the bump itself. I meant it as a real compliment!

CroissantNeuf Sun 04-Sep-11 09:52:15

I always imagined that it meant a bump that hadn't spread to your arse, hips, thighs (and every far corner of your body).

Like Dilys said "a normally slim woman with a watermelon stuffed down her frock".

megansmummy1 Sun 04-Sep-11 14:26:44

having a neat bump means you are one of those pregnant women I am always jealous of! I carry with so much weight everywhere else that people cant tell if I am pregnant or just a gregs sausage roll addict really fat. Is much nicer to hear about your neat bump than my usual "are you sure its not twins?" type comments.

G1nger Sun 04-Sep-11 15:22:07

I get told I've got a neat bump, too. But I know for myself that I've put weight on my bum that 'stops me falling forwards'.

Sandra2011 Sun 04-Sep-11 15:41:09

I would think it means that your pump is not hanging smile

somewherewest Sun 04-Sep-11 15:43:04

Thanks for explaining. I was wandering about this too. Given that I've gone from 8 1/2 stone to almost 11 stone and look really wobbly with no clothes on I'm now feeling quite relieved/flattered grin

sjuperwolef Sun 04-Sep-11 15:47:28

my best mate had a neat bump, she is a wee slim thing and just had this space hopper beach ball down her front grin my bump is humungous when im standing but when i sit down i look like a big fat fatty which i was before i fell pg admittedly

Mum2be79 Sun 04-Sep-11 20:45:50

I've been told I have a neat bump. Assuming it means that I am slim with a melon stuck down my top that is perfectly round and in proportion. Quite glad when people say that considering I was a fat lump of lard beforehand and being pregnant has 'slimmed me out'.

Loving my bump at the moment. I get lots of wanted attention from people! smile

Ilovekittyelise Sun 04-Sep-11 20:59:23

haha this is funny....i agree with the other posts, it means you arent a ginormous whale. no-one has accused me of having a neat bump, bump and cake just merge into one expanse of white flesh for me....

2cats2many Sun 04-Sep-11 21:01:55

I think they mean that you aren't a total fatso, like I was. I usually got gasps of horror, sympathetic questions about how I was 'coping' and enquiries as to when the twins were due (I wasn't pregnant with twins).

Ilovekittyelise Sun 04-Sep-11 21:26:23

god the twins thing. people are total bastards. no-one walks up to a non-pregnant fat person and comments.

thegingerone Sun 04-Sep-11 22:24:49

I have been told by people recently that I have a neat bump. It seems to come from people who want to be polite to me and I think it is meant as a "you look nice" comment. I, of course, at 30 weeks, would rather that people told me I looked massive. (However a routine MW appointment confirms I'm on dates so I'm less paranoid about my "smallness" now)

Ironically I spent most of the start of my pg being asked if I was pg with twins.

Theala Sun 04-Sep-11 22:32:26

Ilovekittyelise god the twins thing. people are total bastards. no-one walks up to a non-pregnant fat person and comments.

They totally do. I have had four people in the last few months commenting on my 'pregnancy'. Whereupon I've had to explain that I'm not pregnant, I'm just fat. blush

eurochick Sun 04-Sep-11 22:37:37

The first post has it - it means you don't look like a bit fat heifer.

SheldonsBazinga Sun 04-Sep-11 22:41:03

Some of us look as though we should be given a set of scaffolding in our Bounty packs. This is the opposite of a neat bump.

HPonEverything Mon 05-Sep-11 12:49:13

I call it a Barbie Bump, like one of those stick on ones that when you remove it you've just got a normal Barbie.

Barbie is one lucky b$$$$

TrillianAstra Mon 05-Sep-11 12:51:14

There is no possible way it could not be a compliment.

Just as slim as ever plus a watermelon or beach ball (depending on stage of pregnancy)

AppleyEverAfter Mon 05-Sep-11 13:15:03

Some people told me this but after weighing myself last week and finding I've put on 3 stone, I think they must be either blind or being polite. Swollen ankles, fingers and face not doing much to make me feel like I have a 'Barbie Bump' either!

moomsy Mon 05-Sep-11 13:50:48

I have had this said to me all pregnancy. English is not my first language so I just took it as a compliment and brushed it off lol

Having said that... I have always had a big bump!!

I don't like when people ask if 'I am sure there is only one baby in there'

That's Milf's fav question angry

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