July 16, 2006

Question you should never ask

“Are you pregnant?”

A co-worker of mine asked me that the other day. A female co-worker. You’d think she would know not to utter those three words, being a woman herself. But I was snacking at my desk, and apparently pregnant women eat, so I can see her confusion.

I assured her I’m not with child. And was too stunned to say much else, like, “that’s a rude question!” or “why would you ask me that?”

Now I’m self-conscious about eating so I will have to resort to wearing control-top chonies, and taking my snacks into the bathroom stall to eat. Next, co-workers will accuse me of being bulemic.

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  • Jenni says:

    I remember the first time I was asked that question (yes, it has happened more than once…). I was 18 and working at the pet hospital in some rather large scrubs. I guess the lady mistook them for maternity wear. WHATEVER! I agree with you, women really should know better. Even when it is painfully obvious that someone is pregnant, I never say anything until they mention something first. it’s just safer that way.

  • Sandi says:

    And I remember the first time I asked that question! It’s incredibly embarrassing. For the next 40 years I didn’t ask it again unless the woman was so huge and doing the duck walk that it was a safe bet! Until last year…. I did it again…. and she wasn’t…. and she’s one of our auditors….
    For one brief moment, my life flashed before my eyes….

  • Alison says:

    People used to ask me that. No, let me rephrase: French women used to ask me that. Damn French women with their concave bellies!

    Really. I was slim all over, but had a little belly pudge. So of course I must have been pregnant. (Can you see me rolling my eyes?)

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