If you're pregnant (or you ever have been) you know them well: The Pregnancy Police. They're not an official group, of course, but they're a big one, with big mouths and agendas they're unable to keep to themselves. They'll tell you what to eat and what (not) to drink. They'll warn you about what might cause your baby irreparable harm, while you're gestating and after he's born.
While butting into the pregnancies of strangers is a long held tradition, a few incidents lately have taken this behavior to a new level. Take the ousting of a pregnant woman from a Chicago bar last week. She wasn't drinking, she was there for pizza and company. But the bouncer said she couldn't stay because a pregnant woman might get hurt just by being there.
This is an example of what some say is a new trend: the "citizen's arrest" of pregnant women, in which a regular old person-not a pregnancy expert, and certainly not a medical professional with experience or authority to advise pregnant women about their safety-tries to control a pregnant woman's behavior.
Has it ever happened to you?
To read more about how the "citizen's arrest" of pregnant woman is happening, and why it's happening more frequently, visit Babble.