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What Not to Say to Someone Who Is Chronically Ill and Pregnant

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Most comments we make to pregnant individuals are made out of kindness, but they aren’t always received that way. The reason for this is something I feel should be obvious — because we don’t know what that person is going through, in pregnancy or otherwise.

It’s usually best not to make comparisons or assumptions when it comes to chronic illness, but especially if the recipient is pregnant and struggling emotionally or physically, they might not perceive your response in the way it’s intended.

1. “Don’t worry, I didn’t glow in pregnancy either.” It’s fine to say to someone that you had a difficult pregnancy. It’s OK to relate to what they’ve expressed, but if they tell you they’re struggling, don’t tell them you “didn’t glow either.”

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