Or any pregnant woman, for that matter!
Ok, we’ve all done it before: When something comes out of your mouth and you’d give anything to take it back. You know what I am talking about, the “open mouth, insert foot” moment. We’ve all been there! And for some reason, these moments seem to happen more often when you’re talking to a pregnant woman—somehow my belly seems to be a license for others to say things they’d never dare say to a non-pregnant woman, But the good news is this: You can avoid foot-in-mouth disease by never saying one of these four things to a pregnant triathlete.
1.) You must be having twins. You are basically telling me I am huge and although I might be, don’t say it to my face, just talk behind my back. Believe me, you’re not telling me something I don’t already know. Do you think I‘ve been walking around these last few months (having grown out of all my clothes and even some maternity clothes already) thinking I was still a size four?
2.) Are you eating again? Or, are you eating THAT? Why yes, yes, I am. But please remember I am in survival mode here. As an athlete, when I am not pregnant I scrutinize most things I eat. So, if I had the choice during pregnancy I most certainly would eat big green leafy salads packed with hormone-free protein, rather than this donut! As I’ve said before, most days the hormones dictate what I eat, how much and how often. I swear, the hormones just made me eat a half of a bag of Lay’s salt and vinegar potato chips!
3.) Time flies! If I had a nickel for every time someone told me how fast times goes by with your kids, I’d have enough money saved to put both of my kids through college all the way through their doctorate degrees and buy them cars for graduation! Please do not remind me that something as amazing as my life with my two little miracles will go by in the blink of an eye. Besides, Charlee is about to turn two and I do not feel like the two years have flown by at all. I feel as though they have progressed at a wonderful pace! As a family, we stop and slow down to enjoy each other and our time and activities together. We make plans to be together just like we make plans to spend time with others. We don’t allow time to fly by. Why doesn’t anyone every just say, “Time becomes so much more fun!”
4.) You’ll never get your body back! This is my least favorite thing to hear when I am pregnant. I always want to respond something like, “Well if you’re referring to your floppy ass, I’d love to know how many squats you’ve done to try?” Don’t EVER tell a woman she can’t be as beautiful as she wants to be. I can say getting my previous body back wasn’t super easy. But gosh was it rewarding and it felt great! I lost more weight then I gained after having Charlee and I like my body better post pregnancy.
Pregnancy, although a blessing and a miracle, can be downright torture. There isn’t a second that goes by that I don’t incredibly dislike being pregnant. I feel like a science experiment on a daily basis. All I ever need to hear during pregnancy are these three things:
A) Is there anything I can do to help?
B) You’re doing such a great job!
C) You look great!
THAT’S IT! Easy!