There are several things that people love saying to pregnant women. There’s “whoa, are you expecting twins!” (No. I am not.) There’s “Can I touch your belly?” (No, stranger, you cannot.) But there’s one “compliment” that comes up again and again. When people say it, it’s with the best of intentions, yet it’s annoying AF. And that is when people tell pregnant women they’re “glowing.”
To be clear, “pregnancy glow” is not a myth. Thanks to increased hormones and blood flow, there are some women who might experience a dewy complexion, an effect that is basically akin to using the greatest highlighter ever. But, let’s be real, this is not what a lot of pregnant women. Personally speaking, my skin has decided to regress to its middle school state, and I’ve basically been broken out for the past seven months. Also, I’m exhausted from carrying around a legit bowling ball all day. So when you tell me that I’m “glowing,” you and I both know the truth: it’s most likely sweat, and it’s really not all that sexy.
I’ve received this comment on several occasions: in fact, the receptionist at the nail salon said it to me this morning. Every time I hear it, I know that it’s complete BS. I have a working mirror; I know what I look like. So if there is any inkling of a “glow,” it’s because I spent 20 minutes applying a full face of contour makeup before going out. That’s it: no magic, no hormones, no pregnancy beauty voodoo.
If I have any inkling of a “glow,” it’s because I spent 20 minutes applying a full face of contour makeup before going out. That’s it: no magic, no hormones, no pregnancy beauty voodoo.
I know people mean well when they offer up this comment, as it seems like a “safe” way to comment on…