I'm all for honesty, so I don't mind when he tells me the truth, even if it is brutal at times. I like to believe that I'm level-headed enough to talk through things rationally, and I think he would tell you that I am too.
What really bugs me more than the dumb things he says, is that he actually believes what he says. Most of them relate to exercise like it is the cure-all magic bullet. If I had been more fit before pregnancy than A, B, and C would be exponentially better. Might I add that though I wasn't doing two-a-days, I had been doing P90x for a month and a half and exercised at least two times a week if not. It know I could have been more diligent, but give me some credit!
This is why when I stumbled across this article about dumb things husbands say to their pregnant wives I laughed out loud. Mostly in pure joy that I am not alone and in hilarity that men think so similarly (and, ahem, incorrectly).
Here are some of my favorites from the post and commenters:
- Wife: This pregnancy is kicking my [butt].
Husband: Maybe because you’re older and more out of shape than the other times?
- After being on bedrest and medication for three months and hospitalized for a week due to preterm labor, I was feeling badly because our neighbor, who was pregnant at the same time, was having no problems and I was having all kinds of problem. And my husband replied– well, you have to admit, you are just not as strong as her…”
- Wife: Ugh. I can’t believe how huge my belly is already. Must be because it is the third.
Husband: Maybe it because you started out bigger this time?
- Once while pregnant I was battling severe morning sickness, right before work. I worked at a restaurant at the time so the mere thought of going to work with all that food was making things 10 times worse. As I’m huddled over the toilet, crying because I knew I had to go to work, my husband (who in his defense was just trying to help), told me “Just try not to think about it. It’ll go away.”
- Wife: Do you want to come to this doctor’s appointment with me? She’ll do an ultrasound – we might even get to see the gender!
Husband: No. I can never make out those pictures. I don’t want to waste my time looking at something I can’t understand.
- Wife: Man, my back is killing me with this pregnancy. Husband: That could be because you are more out of shape with this one.
- During my fourth pregnancy I was put on bedrest and was being closely monitored, in part because my third baby had been stillborn. So, I was on bedrest from weeks 21 to 38/39. After 8 weeks of it, my husband was getting fed up.
- With #2 I ralphed many times a day for 18+ weeks when it finally tapered off that plus chasing my toddler around, and the fatigue I was really not enjoying it as much. DH said it was b/c I was not as active (!) and I had too much time on my hands to think about it and that was what was making me sick. I wanted to throttle him,
- I remember when I was pregnant with my son, I bought some sweat pants and on the back of the butt it said hope, don’t ask me why i got them….lol!! But anyway I was wearing them and my husband sees them and says “Hope, What do you hope for? Your butt to get smaller!!!” I got so mad!! I never let him live it down, now he says well I am a butt guy!!!
- Are those maternity pants going to fit you the whole time or are we going to have to buy more?
- Two mornings ago while we were still in bed, the dog jumped up into our bed. I told him to get down because he’s a big dog and it’s just not comfortable. My husband turns to me and says, “We already have Jabba the Hut in bed, we might as well let the dog join.” I didn’t speak to him for the rest of the day!
- DH: (In effort to help me hide pregnancy) “Do you want to change your clothes so you don’t look fat?”
Me: I’m not fat, I’m pregnant.
DH: I know, but you look fat.
- Him: “your only pregnant you know, its not such a miracle when millions of women do it all over the world every year”
- When my mom was pregnant with my brother (I was 3 1/2) she told my dad that that it made her very tired to stand & do the dishes by hand every night, hoping he would do the dishes for her once in a while. He bought her a tall chair with a step, “It’s wonderful! You can sit down while doing the dishes!” It was thoughtful gesture, but not quite what she had in mind.