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Stop asking women if they're pregnant, says TV host Sara Haines

Raechal Shewfelt
·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
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Sara Haines has had enough.

The host of ABC’s daytime TV’s Strahan, Sara and Keke offered a piece of advice Thursday for anyone who feels the need to ask her or any other woman if she’s pregnant: don’t do it.

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The mom of three correctly said that such a question is a “delicate topic” that could lead to an emotional end for the woman being questioned.

After someone replied to Haines’s tweet that she looked pregnant in a certain outfit, Haines labeled the comment as “just sad.” Haines said the words had proven her point. She noted that some people have conditions that make them appear pregnant or they’re dealing with an invisible struggle to have a child.

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Most of the response to Haines’s message was supportive. Women thanked her for saying something that’s sorely needed.

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The former host of The View welcomed her third child, a son named Caleb, with husband Max Shifrin, in June. She and Shifrin also share daughter Sandra, 2, and 4-year-old son Alec.

In a December 2017 story for Glamour, she offered her perspective on other questions that people should refrain from asking women about motherhood.

“I got married when I was 37, and I’m having my second child at 40,” Haines told the magazine. “People say I’m brave, but I say, ‘I'm not brave; I'm old!’ When I was 28, I’ll never forget meeting this woman who was carrying her child and saying to me, ‘If I could give you a piece of advice, it’s don’t wait." I looked at her and was like, ‘You think this is a choice?’ This is just how my life looks like right now. I remember thinking that kind of advice doesn’t help anyone.”

Haines also advised against people asking whether a woman was planning to have kids at all.

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