Some people need to learn to mind their own business instead of putting their noses into other people’s affairs all the time. That’s what Jaclene Paolucci, aka Twitter user Diamond_Jax, suggested in a thoroughly witty thread where she shared how she shut down someone giving unsolicited pregnancy advice with a sassy comeback.

Other women pitched in with their own examples of great comebacks that were bound to make anyone listening in say to themselves, ‘That had to hurt!’ Have a read through some of the funniest quips below, upvote the ones that made you chuckle, and if you’ve ever been in a similar situation, tell us all about your sassiness in the comment section.

"I've discovered that if you want unsolicited advice, then you should get pregnant," Jaclene told the BBC. "It feels like the moment you do get pregnant, then you lose your body's autonomy. People start touching you and everybody has an opinion on how you should act, what you should wear—everything. The only people who should be able to do that should be you and your doctor."

There's hardly anyone better to talk to about witty comebacks than British comedy writer Ariane Sherine. I had a chat with her about how to react to unsolicited pregnancy comebacks and why people believe that they can hand out advice left, right, and center the moment they spot someone who is pregnant. Scroll down for Bored Panda's interview with the comedy genius.

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Iggy
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2 months ago

Arahahahahhahaha! That's brilliant!

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

best answer ever !! i don't understand how breastfeeding can be such a problem. it's the most natural and the cutest thing ever

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denzoren
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2 months ago

Lol that's a good one.

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Comedy writer Ariane, who has a daughter herself, told me that she completely agrees that it feels like a woman's body autonomy flies out the window the moment she gets pregnant. "It’s almost as though when a woman’s pregnant, she becomes everyone else’s property. Maybe all these pregnancy experts have emerged because everyone’s known a pregnant woman, however tenuously?" the told Bored Panda.

"Added to which, most of the advice is rubbish. I was told ‘you’ll have to eat for two now,’ took it too literally and put on five stone (the baby doesn’t actually need any extra calories until the third trimester!)," the comedy expert pointed out that rubbish advice can have serious effects on your body if you follow them blindly. Remember, Pandas, always, always, always double and triple-check facts. Especially from random strangers and the internet.

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Viviane
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2 months ago

Good plan - you want trustworthy folks when you give birth on the trapeze.

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A.J Milne
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2 months ago

Here in Namibia, if you do that, you've 25% chance of getting stabbed. No joke

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

what an amazing bond between the 2 of you !! love that kind of humor. a well raised son and a great mother obviously

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According to Ariane, humor is a wonderful tool when it comes to defusing tension and anger. "Humor’s always great as it can defuse the situation, plus it has the advantage that you’re less likely to get angry. It’s hard enough being pregnant without feeling defensive and upset too," she said.

However, I was also interested to hear Ariane's take on what someone who's pregnant should do if it's not just random strangers but loved ones who keep giving unsolicited advice. It's far more difficult to create boundaries with family, friends, and coworkers than it is with people on the street.

"Witty comebacks are fab if you can think of one, but if not, a simple and heartfelt statement like, ‘Look, I know you mean well and want the best for me, and I appreciate that, but my doctor has a different opinion to you and I’m following their advice’ should work," the comedy expert told Bored Panda that simple honesty is best in such cases.

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Iggy
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2 months ago

Who the hell thinks it's their place to ask such questions???

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Hans
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2 months ago

Instead of "current news item" you could also have used "the distrust in the ability of caring fathers".

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Lovin' Life
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2 months ago

Awesome come back!

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A simple fact of life is that there will always be plenty of people who think they know what’s better for you than, well, you. Or a medical professional that these moms were bound to have spoken to about their own dietary needs. These random people might even have good intentions, but without knowing more context about the mom they’re speaking to, they can come across as pushy and even arrogant.

Each woman’s body is unique and different, so you should speak to your doctor about what foods and drinks you should avoid while carrying your baby. However, there are some general guidelines on what to avoid.

For instance, the NHS points out that you can still have caffeine but you should limit yourself to no more than 200 mg per day. For reference, there’s about 100 mg of caffeine in a cup of instant coffee and 40 mg in a can of soda.

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Marianne Luginbuhl
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2 months ago

When I was pregnant, Tylenol and caffeine were my go to for migraine

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cybermerlin2000
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2 months ago

I would have made her buy me a new one. No idea what she might have

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

i wish i had seen her face !! if i had been there i would definitely have laughed spilling my own coffee all over

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Another question that gets debated a lot is whether or not (and how much) pregnant women can drink alcohol while pregnant. The NHS unequivocally suggests that “the safest approach is to not drink alcohol at all,” meanwhile, the CDC says that “there is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy.”

However, Harvard Health Publishing notes that small amounts of alcohol during the first trimester may not cause any issues down the line. Still, the health of you and your baby is a very serious, complicated question, so it’s always best to have a chat with your doctor and ask for their take on what you should do.

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denzoren
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2 months ago

Exactly! "We're hoping for a human"

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denzoren
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2 months ago

Muahahaha...These are awesome!

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Anggi Santika
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2 months ago

@suzanne well.. she answered honestly

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Joe Reaves
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2 months ago

Or when you are their doctor and it is relevant to the medical procedure you are about to perform/drugs you are prescribing. Which coincidentally is also the only time it's any of your damn business.

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Colin L
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2 months ago

I'm stealing this!

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Daria B
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2 months ago

"Oh, don't you know? Amazon delivers babies now, too. Brought to your home carefully by a drone" ♡

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

oh god !! stop telling people what to do when you clearly don't know what you're talking about and that nobody asked for your opinion

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James016
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2 months ago

I like that.

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

you're gonna be a great big brother !!

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Francesca Annoni
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2 months ago (edited)

Once a scolded an unknown Old lady..she grabbed an hand of my 6 m.o old baby.. and was trying to kiss the hand "but I'm not kissing him on the cheek!and I'm not sick.." "you know what Is the first thing a baby put in his mouth? His hand.."

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Marno Cameron
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2 months ago

It's like the old joke where woman 1 says, "I got this 24pk of beer for my husband." and woman 2 smiles and says, "Good trade!"

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_𝕔𝕙𝕠𝕔𝕠_𝕝𝕠𝕔𝕠_
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2 months ago

Why tf would people ask???

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

"bought them" ?? what does that even mean ?

Deborah B
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2 months ago

Dude wasn't asking about her babies. He was asking about her boobs.

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

"Natural"? Really? Until they figure out how to make eggs and sperm in a laboratory, all babies are natural.

juice
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2 months ago

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(he was referring to her boobs, not actual babies)

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BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
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2 months ago

I want twins one day and if this ever happens to me I'm going to say, "Actually, neither. I found them in the playground one day and decided to take them home."

in.love.with.taylor.swift
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1 month ago

i’m a twin and people would ask my mom all the time “are they both yours” and she used to tell them it was buy 1 get 1 free at the hospital

Danni
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2 months ago

Sound like a perv to me

Frisinator
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2 months ago

I’m a BOGO!

Tarryn Louise
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2 weeks ago

natural or bought?? wtf???

backatya
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2 months ago

got them on the black market

Charlene Kowalski
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2 months ago

OMG! That is Hilarious!

Jena Withag
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2 months ago

Obviously asking about whether her breasts are natural or implants.

Ivy la Sangrienta
Community Member
2 months ago

Not sure if that's more or equally icky.

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Lisa Shelton
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2 months ago

It's fine for a woman to have alcohol in moderation when pregnant. The reason doctors say not to have any is because there are those who don't know what moderation is and drink to excess with the excuse that the doctor said it was okay.

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Colin L
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2 months ago

Not the first time I've heard of this.... and we all have an Eric. Thank you.

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Sue Hazlewood
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2 months ago

Hope she is doing okay

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Rukkia
Community Member
2 months ago

I hate that. I have stomach issues, and sometimes my belly is flat, and other times I look about 8 months pregnant. I wear stretchy pants due to this, and it can be a matter of two minutes after I eat something before I expand to full size.

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Marno Cameron
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2 months ago

Husband: "I also have a twin brother." Let the stranger sit on that wrinkle to their rudeness.

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