The Parent Project: How pregnancy translates abroad

Different nationalities respond to your bump in very different ways, as I soon found out.

At a two-day digital course outside of Paris, I arrived late to a crowded meeting room to be greeted enthusiastically by (statue-handsome) Stefano, who manages one of our Milan operations. 'Christina!' he surveys me, 'you are pregnant!.. It is mine??!'  Delivered with the perfect balance of delight and camp, mock horror. In Germany, hardly anyone comments.  In America, service people always do: the doormen, waiting staff and taxi drivers gush about their kids and express their enthusiasm. The professional classes ignore it unless you raise it. The Dutch and French acknowledge it without drama. The Portuguese are excited and thumb their iPhones to share pictures of their kids and suggest names. The Spanish are completely baffled that we don’t know the gender; despite explaining that we’ve chosen to wait, they cannot conceal their suspicion our health service is medieval... [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT]

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The Parent Project: How pregnancy translates abroad

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