I just told the staff at one of my workplaces that I am pregnant, not because I wanted to but because I am having such bad morning sickness that I need some accommodation for it.
Anyway, there's another pregnant lady in the office, about 5 months along. I thought at first that we'd be able to commiserate about pregnancy, but instead it's turned into loads of lectures from her and the other ladies in the office about how I'm doing everything all wrong. I wore high heels to work today, as I always do, but was told that was "bad for the baby" (what???) I also wear nail polish, which I've looked up and is safe to wear, but according to the book she read, it's really bad and you shouldn't wear any makeup (I wear what some might consider to be a lot of makeup). My diet is closely monitored and found to be lacking. I'm not wearing the right clothes. When I object or argue, I'm looked at like I'm a baby-killer. They have become very rude and pushy about it.
Yes, I know it's my fault and I shouldn't have told anyone this early on. But it would have been found out eventually and the situation would have been the same. It's nobody's business but mine, but when you are pregnant it becomes the whole world's business apparently.
Any suggestions for fending off all this unwanted "advice"? It's more like forceful suggestions or even strong-arming and guilt-tripping. I have done my research and I feel fairly confident that I know what I'm doing. How do I get people like this off my back without being rude or antagonizing? After all, I do work with them and I don't want a bunch of enemies among my colleagues. But I'm about this far --><-- away from losing it one day in a fit of hormonal rage and telling them all to go to hell. Clearly I need to get them off my back before that happens! But how???