As a mother who has experienced three different pregnancies in three different work environments, my ears perked up. Surely this was a stopping point for "You look ready to pop!" and other such hugeness commentary. But, sadly, no. I was informed that while this type of conversation may be unprofessional and unwelcome, it does not fit the definition of harassment.
I didn't want to monopolize the talk with my own agenda, so I thanked her for the clarification. But, inwardly, my mind was racing. Graphic commentary about an individual's body. Essentially, what does "ready to pop" mean? It means that your body looks so shockingly enormous and stretched to its limit that -- at literally any second -- a human being is going to burst forth from your abdomen or tear its way out of your helpless vagina.
Your helpless vagina, mamas.
Sounds pretty graphic and body focused to me.
I'm not an overly sensitive asshole. I understand that this comment is typically said in good spirits as an attempt to show interest or make small talk. But, if you wouldn't tell a coworker, "Your spare tire is growing by the second!" or "Those fake boobs you got last month look positively squeezable!" then don't assume a pregnant woman wants to hear commentary on her changing body. Follow her lead, not your misconceptions.
Oh, and you know when a pregnant woman especially doesn't want to hear that she looks ready to pop? When she's only 30 weeks pregnant.