China Elevator Stories

“How Come Your bump Is That Big?”

A co-worker in Shenzhen asks me this question.


Ruth Silbermayr-Song


One day in December 2013, I am at work in Shenzhen. One of my female co-workers points at my belly and asks:

“How many months are you pregnant?”
I answer her: “Two.”
She replies, seemingly shocked: “How come your bump is already that big at only two months?”
“That’s because it’s afternoon and I ate a lot today.”

Have you ever had a similar experience?

On a side note: In the first few months of pregnancy people either told me that my bump was already quite large or that I didn’t show at all concerning what kind of clothes I was wearing. If I was wearing tighter clothes, they’d say it was big, if I was wearing looser clothes, they’d comment that I didn’t show at all.