Originally Posted by babycatcher12
Please tell me how to get people off my back or is it totally normal to feel this way?
Totally, TOTALLY normal! Absolutely!
& I HATE that term "Pop" too. Kinda rude - both when used to refer to giving birth and when referring to a mama who's belly's beginning to grow substantially.
I was so beyond miserable at the end. I figured I'd go early - like 38 or 39W (for some stupid reasons) & I went to 41W 4D.
DH was very helpful though & understanding. His mother was not supportive of our plans for NCB & kept making comments like, "Yeah, but those ctrx really hurt."
"Really, MIL? REALLY?
Gee, I had no idea I might have to cope with pain if I didn't get an epidural. Wow, good thing you provided that brilliant insight for me."
(No, I never said that to her! But thought it, of course.) DH was under strict orders to keep her away from me & that started at like 36W or so. He was totally understanding & cool about it.
Everyone else, like my Mom just knew how upset I'd get at comments like, "No baby yet?" The type of comments that forced me to stop working.
My Mom was funny, she made a point of saying, "I"m calling to see how you're doing. Notice I'm NOT calling to ask if you're in labor."
I agree - send a mass email. They will understand! Heck, this is a time people EXPECT you to be emotional & maybe even irrational, so you should get a 'free pass!'
& if they DO get annoyed, who cares! They are wrong if they're not sensitive & accommodating with your requests for privacy & space. YOU shouldn't have to be the one to leave your own house to get privacy.
Originally Posted by Twinklefae
actually sounds like you are getting pretty close. Most people I know go into labour shortly after screaming at someone.
That's something I never heard. I started wanting to choke my co-workers for the, "No baby yet?" "YOU ARE STILL HERE?!"
comments by about 39W. By 40W 0D exactly (my due date), I arrived at the office (knowing I wasn't even "late" considering average
gestational length for a first-timer like me is 41W1D) & 2 ladies looked at me as if I'd come to work after my arm just got ripped off & was sitting dripping blood all over my desk. Really, that's now they acted, b/c they knew it was my due date on that exact day.
Now I know not to broadcast your exact due date, or to at least pad by 2 weeks if you tell a specific day.
I stopped working ONLY because I really was going to freak out & start screaming if I got any more of that. I couldn't take it & was losing my mind. DS didn't arrive until 11 days later.