Pregnant photographer Jill Krause was grocery shopping at a Dallas Walmart on September 15 when a stranger demanded to know her due date. The Dallas-based mother of three, who is expecting a baby boy on December 16, answered the man’s question and then quickly turned around. But he wasn’t done with the conversation.
“[He] rudely replied, 'Damn, girl. You SURE it’s not twins?!' and walked away,” Krause, 35, wrote in September 18 post on her Facebook page Baby Rabies. “There is no other human condition in which it seems to be acceptable for a stranger to approach someone and make comments about their body.”
The mom of Kendall, 8, Leyna, 6, and Lowell, 3, added: “I mean, I could have asked that guy if he was SURE he wasn’t drinking a 6 pack a night based on his beer gut, but that’s not appropriate.”
Krause also shared a hilarious PSA titled “What (Not) To Say To A Pregnant Woman”: “The next time you are so taken aback by a pregnant woman’s appearance that you feel the need to say something to her, this is all you’re allowed to say,” the blogger vented. The two acceptable comments? “YOU LOOK AMAZING” and “Congratulations! You’re glowing!”
She continued: “Because the alternative is to keep your mouth shut. Not to ask us if we are sure it’s not twins or triplets or a baby elephant. Not to ask us if we’re sure we’re not going to have the baby tomorrow. Because I can assure you we are all very clear on when our due date is!”
Krause’s video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.
“I think based on the thousands of women who have responded to this with a ‘hell yes, amen’ it’s obvious there are many of us who are already self-conscious about our size, and we don’t want to be reminded,” Krause tells Us Weekly. “A friend said a male coworker made whale noises every time she walked down the hall. That’s not funny.”
Says Krause: “If you’re uncomfortable with the way people are talking to you, tell them.”
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