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Do you mind being called huge?

By January 17, 2013

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I called someone out on Twitter today for calling a pregnant mom huge. I think the word has a negative connotation and I want pregnant women to feel positively about their growing bodies. I had a great conversation with the person who made the original comment, @WhattoExpect. Some one else jumped in and told me that "fat people are the only ones that get offended about the word..." So how do you vote?

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January 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(1) Elizabeth Kennedy says:

Nobody ever called me “huge” when I was pregnant, but I’ve been told that when my calm and quiet mother was pregnant with my brother and my father said she looked like “an apple on a stick at half mast,” she threw a plate at him.

January 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm
(2) DJ says:

All the time and it never bothered me, I did carry huge – so big I couldn’t fit between the steering wheel and the seat even with the seat all the way back and if I had to be at the kitchen sink I had to stand sideways to reach it. I carried all over and had 10+ lb., 24″ babies – both times I got so big so fast that my caregivers checked for twins. I’d was actually thrilled to have a big, healthy belly with big, healthy babies.

January 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm
(3) Jen says:

It’s never bothered me and I, too, carried big healthy babies and gave up reaching over counters by my 6th month…haha!

That said, to the person who jumped in on you saying that fat people are the only ones who get bothered by it, I would say they need to get their head checked.

I work in the birth field and the large majority of women I see who are most concerned about being seen as “huge” are usually the average to underweight women who normally had some form of self image issues before they got pregnant….far from the “fat” ladies who celebrated their growing bellies.

January 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm
(4) Katherine says:

I think it depends on how it was said. I had someone call me huge during my pregnancy and it was definitely not meant in a nice way. But if someone had said it to me in an affectionate and teasing way, I think it would have been very different.

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