Things I love about being pregnant in China.

1. My co-workers arguing over whether it’s a boy or girl in there.

2. The delicate way that my friends rub my belly, until I make them poke it properly to see how weird it feels.

3. Everyone leaps up for me on the bus.

4. My co-workers insist that if I’m tired at work, I should just have a nap on the sofa in the office next door.

5. My co-workers insist that I should go home early to avoid crowded public transport, where I might get pushed around (they haven’t seen evidence of no. 3).

6. The principal doesn’t want me walking down the outside stairs because they can get slippery.

7. The looks of confusion at my belly on the street. “Is she pregnant? Or just fat? It’s too hard to tell with these foreigners…”

8. The advice. Especially about computer screens and microwaves.

9. The way my students have never directly asked me whether I’m pregnant or not. They just secretly ask the Chinese teachers.

10. The excitement when I tell people that I’m bringing my baby back to Beijing, and they will get to meet him/her!

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