鈥淪o, when are you due?鈥 Um, three weeks ago? Though you鈥檙e now getting firsthand experience with postpartum body changes, random people (like your two-year-old鈥檚 daycare teacher and the well-meaning barista at the corner coffee bar) seem to think you鈥檙e preggo. We鈥檙e guessing you love your killer curves, but it can still be stressful to stay polite with people who draw attention to your post-baby bod. If you think you might lose it if you hear 鈥渂et you can鈥檛 wait鈥 one more time, take a deep breath: Even somebody following a model鈥檚 pregnancy fitness routine will love these tips for responding to those who are quick to point out that baby weight.

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1. Go with it. Sometimes you don鈥檛 know the person well enough to bother with a real response. What鈥檚 more, they really do seem to mean well. A kindly, grandma-looking woman sitting next to you on the subway smiles and says, 鈥淗ow many more days? You look like you鈥檙e ready to have that baby any time now.鈥 She鈥檚 not intentionally body shaming you. Is it worth the energy it would take to go into a whole 鈥渢hing鈥 right now? There鈥檚 no ill will, so it鈥檚 not the worst thing to simply smile and say, 鈥淵ep, any time now.鈥 Then go back to your book or change the subject.

2. Tell it like it is. You鈥檝e already had the baby, but not everyone鈥檚 in the loop. Maybe you ran into your barely-an-acquaintance coworker, and she doesn鈥檛 know that the big day already happened. She鈥檚 never been pregnant and doesn鈥檛 realize that 鈥渂aby鈥 weight is more than the baby, so she makes a bit of a blunder. Just say with a smile, 鈥淟ast week!鈥 (or whenever it was you delivered). Put a time stamp on it to let her know the due date is history. If she feels a little awkward, it might help her learn to not make assumptions next time.

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3. It鈥檚 a perma-bump. Yes, you have a 鈥渂aby鈥 bump. No, there鈥檚 no baby in there. You had an entire other person inside of your abdomen for most of a year! Unless you鈥檙e a supermodel or an Olympic athlete, chances are that your bump will stick around for a while. If this isn鈥檛 your first pregnancy (or you had multiples), that bump could stay for even longer 鈥 or maybe you鈥檝e always had a belly. Give yourself a break: You鈥檙e the only one who can decide what your body should look like and what (realistic, not plastic surgery) timeline it should change on. A sweet but firm 鈥淚t鈥檚 a permanent fixture of my mom bod鈥 gets the message across in a way that reminds them you鈥檙e in charge without making things too serious.

4. These clothes are comfy. You got asked for your due date again, which as of three weeks ago isn鈥檛 so much a 鈥渄ue date鈥 as it is a 鈥渂irthday.鈥 Getting tired of people looking at your maternity wear and thinking that you鈥檙e still expecting? Respond by sharing, 鈥淚 just like feeling comfortable.鈥 It鈥檚 a light way to take the focus off your still-there belly 鈥 and a chance to brag on your no-doubt excellent wardrobe.

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5. Laugh it off. You shouldn鈥檛 expect to lose baby weight right away: It鈥檚 just not realistic. Why leave in a huff or secretly cry after the offending person is gone when you can laugh their question off with a silly response? Let that comedian inside you come out to play. Instead of dragging yourself through another tedious lecture on the typical timeline of weight loss after giving birth, come back with, 鈥淚鈥檓 not pregnant 鈥 I did eat the whole cake though!鈥

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6. Hear no evil. If a woman gets asked if she鈥檚 pregnant, does it make a sound? When there鈥檚 a personal question you鈥檇 rather not answer (or have heard at all), you can always deflect by pretending that you didn鈥檛 hear it. 鈥淗uh?鈥 鈥淲hat?鈥 鈥淓xcuse me?鈥 Of course, the offending asker might follow up with, 鈥淚 asked when you鈥檙e expecting?鈥 Keep the whats coming. It will throw them off their game, frustrate them into stopping or get your message across without having to explain anything.

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