I see your point EB, ... like 100%
but I have to say that not all women , and not all pregnancies are like this, and on this side of the fence, it seems more sexist to the woman then the man..
yes. society has a horrid undercurrent of " bend over everyone and cater to the pregnant woman'
The last thing I was , was helpless while I was pregnant. And when my doctor told me bed rest for almost 2 months, I was furious.. ( though I was a super high risk pregnancy.. I underSTAND it.. but hated it all the same)
A pregnant woman is NOT incapable of going to the grocery store for that bottle of ranch dressing to put on her chocolate chip cookies...... . people just expect the man to do it as a sign of affection, no matter what he is doing.
It is almost that women are too 'weak' to do for themselves and too 'over occupied' while pregnant to take care of themselves.
What? just because I am having a baby, I can not do laundry? I can not go shopping for food? I can not work?
Sheesh... look at those migrant women working in the fields alllll the way up to labor. Sorry, our bodies do not require a full pause in life just to have a baby. I am not weak, out of control and in desperate need of 'assistance' simply because I am pregnant.
Sometimes I see it as MORE sexist to the woman.
But I also see how I can remove the word and idea of 'woman' and apply that concept to the husband and come out with the same exact idea, emotion and frustration.