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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...


MrsPatMustard Thu 08-Aug-13 14:40:36

I have found that the really inappropriate responses have all come from people of my parents' generation. (Anyone else found this?)

I work at a University and all the students have been genuinely thrilled for me, bless 'em...

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 05-Aug-13 16:50:40

I suppose it depends what the questions are!

JoJoManon Mon 05-Aug-13 14:31:41

I actually love when people care enough to ask me questions. But I've had a few people pull top up to see my bump which, well don't mind that much but I would certainly not do it to anyone else!
On another note, Londoners have been exceptionally kind on the tube, it's only the foreigners (tourists?) that never offer seats.Truly touched.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 05-Aug-13 14:23:40

Well I am 38!
Being old, fat, having 2 late teens and a messy house makes me open season for all manner of prying questions! apparently

What a horrible thing to say Saggy - I don't even get what they mean ...

"I assume" ... is such a ** way to start saying anything !

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 05-Aug-13 12:31:05

NOT from any kind of health professional I hasten to add!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 05-Aug-13 12:30:05

I have a new one to add...
"I assume that you have discussed the implications of having a baby at your age?" hmm

Yes, whatever happened to the seemingly now old-fashioned response of "Congratulations !" flowers

Or if you're very unsure, maybe with a young person, or someone who already has a burgeoning brood ... "Are you pleased ?"

But basically if they told you then Congrats is usually good !

Congrats MrsPat flowers

MrsPatMustard Mon 05-Aug-13 12:11:28

We only went public with the news a week ago and it generated a slew of stupid and vaguely offensive questions:

1) Was it planned? (From my Mum of all people.)
2) Will your husband get a vasectomy now? (Who the hell asks a question like that?!!)
3) Aren't you scared?

My neighbour also said "Blimey, wouldn't have wanted to see DH's face when you told him!"

Just utterly astonished by the rudeness of some people...

Cass168 Mon 05-Aug-13 12:03:11

I'm fast approaching 41 wks and am getting a bit fed up of people texting me every single day with "any news"? I know that makes me sound really miserable and it's only because they care, but numerous texts, every day since my due date is driving me mad.
Another highlight was was when my Dad rang and his first words were (no "Hello" or anything): "Oh, so you haven't had it yet then?" NO, OBVIOUSLY, OR I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU!!
Sorry, I'm chuckling now. I need to get a grip! smile blush

CleanAllTheThings Sat 03-Aug-13 21:42:26

The only thing i don't like being asked is 'was it planned'/ I've had it from senior staff at work and even a plumber the other day when he was doing some work for me ffs! It just feels really rude.

Shellywelly1973 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:04:27

Sorry on phone....bloody predictive testing. Im pregnant not important pregnant!!!

Shellywelly1973 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:03:13

Congratulations Saggy. I remember you too.

Im 15 weeks & only dp knows important pregnant.

When i went for my booking in appointment, the midwife asked, if this was my first baby. I said,' No, its my 6th'. She replied, 'God for a second there i thought you said 6th'.

She was rather embarrassed when i confirmed it was baby no6!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sat 03-Aug-13 20:40:38


weebarra Sat 03-Aug-13 20:37:21

Saggy - didn't realise you were expecting again, congratulations (I was on the Sept thread with you).

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sat 03-Aug-13 18:45:38

I'm only 8 weeks, so strangers can't tell yet, but I've had a couple of annoying comments. When I was groaning and trying desperately to keep down my lunch, DP suggested that I shouldn't complain because I wanted a baby! And, my so called best friend, when I broke the news, said "that'll be you sitting on your arse for the next nine months then!" angry

1944girl Tue 30-Jul-13 18:36:55

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Lariflete Tue 30-Jul-13 15:56:15

I think I might have to try that one Greydog - I've got another three weeks to go but I'm very ready for it to be born!
It was very cheeky, but it did make for a good story!

excellent greydog grin - we've been watching a lot of startrek lately btw
dh and kids all addicted, but keeps them quiet !

Greydog Tue 30-Jul-13 15:22:50

I too suffered from the "you still here" brigade. Son was overdue, and after one hot day, the question "you still here was asked" and something snapped "no, I;m a fucking holographic image and the real me is on the bridge of the Enterprise near to Talos V" and I flounced home. He was born the next day, so maybe I should have lost it earlier!

I think that would have given me the giggles Lariflete - flipin' cheek grin

Lariflete Tue 30-Jul-13 14:15:47

Do you know who the father is? - Random woman in the street hmm
Err yes, I do - my husband of 7 years is father to my 2 yo and current bump.
I found it a bit amusing, but particularly when I told my mum and she went off on one! grin

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 30-Jul-13 13:01:25

I must remember the "actually I'm measuring spot on for dates" because I look huge and it does wind me up. I generally witter on about having a short body and long babies (both true) but "spot on for dates" is unequivocal.

When I was pregnant with DD1 and working as a supply teacher in nursery classes I had a few classic questions and suggestions from the children ....

When I said I had a baby in my tummy one child asked how did it get there - did you eat it ?! shock Can't remember what my response was to that !

Another made the helpful suggestion that I should put my Mum in there too to look after it - and some toys grin

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 30-Jul-13 08:42:41


Some people are genuinely disturbed by the idea of a little body in there. Their only reference point is Alien or something grin

But it is pretty weird when you think about it. Not tactful to go on about it in those terms though ...

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