So perhaps you've already navigated pregnancy and parenthood multiple times, or you've witnessed dozens of friends and relatives go through it, and you couldn't be happier when a close friend—or even just some lady at the bank—is now with child herself.
Despite your best intentions of offering advice or just making conversation, here are five things that are not helpful to say to any pregnant woman. You should stick to "Congratulations! That is so exciting!" instead of any of the following:
Andrea Bonior is the host of "On Our Minds," and a licensed clinical psychologist, media commentator, professor, and author of The Friendship Fix and the Washington Post Express's longtime advice column Baggage Check. Follow her on twitter @drandreabonior or Facebook or YouTube.