One of my co-workers is obviously pregnant. We have been waiting forever for her to “announce”. How long do we all have to pretend as if we aren’t noticing?
— Not Blind
You have to keep pretending until the baby’s head crowns.
— Evil Skippy
Both of my grandmothers always said one should never ask a lady if she is pregnant, not even if she is in labor. My grandmothers were always right.
On the other hand, I understand that the situation at work might be getting a bit ridiculous. Even so, I’d still opt for staying quiet. You don’t want to be the one to smile knowingly and suggest to your co-worker that “Everyone knows” only to have the co-worker burst into tears, slug you (or both) and say she isn’t pregnant. Besides, your co-worker’s pregnancy is a personal matter — even if it is no longer entirely a private one. My view is this: If a pregnant woman wants to talk to me about her pregnancy or pregnancy in general, she’ll talk to me about it. Let her be the one to start. If I want to talk to her about how my hair is thinning, I’ll be the one to start.
That’s me. Readers – how about you? How would you handle this?