Let me say, just for the record, that there's a lot of pressure (both physical and metaphorical) at this point in any woman's gestation for the Pregnancy Chapter to end and the New Parent Chapter to begin.
In light of unpredictable responses that could come from an overly exhausted, hormonal woman who happens to be carrying around an overgrown watermelon behind her belly button, here are a few statements you'd be wise to avoid when speaking to said woman, especially when you know that her due date exists somewhere in the past. Oh, and for the love of God DON'T SHOUT THESE STATEMENTS!
"You're still here?"
"It's time to induce!"Spoken from true experience, the statements above are altogether unhelpful. In fact, just since D-Day came and went, I have had a variety of progesterone-poisoning-induced daydreams of pinching off noses and mouthing off in uber-extra-smart-alecky ways.
I have refrained, only by the skin of my teeth.
Additionally, here's a common courtesy that I would never have imagined should be written until having lived through this myself. When a baby's due date has passed, it's no fun for an exhausted mommy-to-be to answer the question, "When's your baby due?" Please take my unsolicited advice and when you see a very large pregnant woman, and don't ask for a specific date. Consider something innocuous like, "Looks like the baby could come any day now! Hang in there!"
Here are a few things to remember:
- At all times to be patient with the very pregnant women in your lives, and if you know what's good for you then you won't argue with her << read: ME >>. About anything. Period.
- She's nearing the end of the era when she can get away with anything, so give her << read: ME >> the benefit of the doubt and don't take any of her << read: MY >> snippy remarks personally. It's not about you. It's all about her << read: ME >>. Keep in mind: she's been navel-gazing for 9 << read: 10 >> months and is entirely absorbed with her baby and ready to push the kid out.