Pregnancy can be a stressful time for expectant mothers — and sometimes nosy coworkers (and bosses) can add to the misery. Aside from the physical changes, mothers-in-waiting have a host of hurdles to overcome at work, like figuring out a plan for maternity leave and keeping the news under wraps.
The US outlaws pregnancy discrimination at work outright, but many pregnant women say there are subtle ways even the most well-intentioned coworkers can make them feel ostracized. Some comments, like asking the baby’s gender, might seem well intentioned, but come across as invasive. Other questions can make pregnant women feel alienated and might even discourage them from returning to the same job.
I recently spoke with Business Insider about some of the comments that frustrate expectant mothers the most. (Writer’s note: I’m passionate about creating a more invigorated, satisfied workplace. But another business of mine happens to produce expandable belts that are ideal for expectant women not quite ready for the big announcement!)
Here are some brief suggestions on what you should never say to a pregnant coworker—and the reasons for not saying them:
For more details of Seven things you should never say to a pregnant coworker and what you should say, whether you’re a coworker or a boss, see the full article at Business Insider.