35 Women Share Their Sassy Comebacks To Unsolicited Pregnancy Or Parenting Advice

Some people need to learn to mind their own business instead of putting their noses into other people’s affairs all the time. That’s what Jaclene Paolucci, aka Twitter user Diamond_Jax, suggested in a thoroughly witty thread where she shared how she shut down someone giving unsolicited pregnancy advice with a sassy comeback.

Other women pitched in with their own examples of great comebacks that were bound to make anyone listening in say to themselves, ‘That had to hurt!’ Have a read through some of the funniest quips below, upvote the ones that made you chuckle, and if you’ve ever been in a similar situation, tell us all about your sassiness in the comment section.

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“I’ve discovered that if you want unsolicited advice, then you should get pregnant,” Jaclene told the BBC. “It feels like the moment you do get pregnant, then you lose your body’s autonomy. People start touching you and everybody has an opinion on how you should act, what you should wear—everything. The only people who should be able to do that should be you and your doctor.”

There’s hardly anyone better to talk to about witty comebacks than British comedy writer Ariane Sherine. I had a chat with her about how to react to unsolicited pregnancy comebacks and why people believe that they can hand out advice left, right, and center the moment they spot someone who is pregnant. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with the comedy genius.

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Comedy writer Ariane, who has a daughter herself, told me that she completely agrees that it feels like a woman’s body autonomy flies out the window the moment she gets pregnant. “It’s almost as though when a woman’s pregnant, she becomes everyone else’s property. Maybe all these pregnancy experts have emerged because everyone’s known a pregnant woman, however tenuously?” the told Bored Panda.

“Added to which, most of the advice is rubbish. I was told ‘you’ll have to eat for two now,’ took it too literally and put on five stone (the baby doesn’t actually need any extra calories until the third trimester!),” the comedy expert pointed out that rubbish advice can have serious effects on your body if you follow them blindly. Remember, Pandas, always, always, always double and triple-check facts. Especially from random strangers and the internet.


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According to Ariane, humor is a wonderful tool when it comes to defusing tension and anger. “Humor’s always great as it can defuse the situation, plus it has the advantage that you’re less likely to get angry. It’s hard enough being pregnant without feeling defensive and upset too,” she said.

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However, I was also interested to hear Ariane’s take on what someone who’s pregnant should do if it’s not just random strangers but loved ones who keep giving unsolicited advice. It’s far more difficult to create boundaries with family, friends, and coworkers than it is with people on the street.

“Witty comebacks are fab if you can think of one, but if not, a simple and heartfelt statement like, ‘Look, I know you mean well and want the best for me, and I appreciate that, but my doctor has a different opinion to you and I’m following their advice’ should work,” the comedy expert told Bored Panda that simple honesty is best in such cases.


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A simple fact of life is that there will always be plenty of people who think they know what’s better for you than, well, you. Or a medical professional that these moms were bound to have spoken to about their own dietary needs. These random people might even have good intentions, but without knowing more context about the mom they’re speaking to, they can come across as pushy and even arrogant.

Each woman’s body is unique and different, so you should speak to your doctor about what foods and drinks you should avoid while carrying your baby. However, there are some general guidelines on what to avoid.

For instance, the NHS points out that you can still have caffeine but you should limit yourself to no more than 200 mg per day. For reference, there’s about 100 mg of caffeine in a cup of instant coffee and 40 mg in a can of soda.


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Another question that gets debated a lot is whether or not (and how much) pregnant women can drink alcohol while pregnant. The NHS unequivocally suggests that “the safest approach is to not drink alcohol at all,” meanwhile, the CDC says that “there is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy.”

However, Harvard Health Publishing notes that small amounts of alcohol during the first trimester may not cause any issues down the line. Still, the health of you and your baby is a very serious, complicated question, so it’s always best to have a chat with your doctor and ask for their take on what you should do.


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