This pregnant woman was appalled by her mother-in-law’s complaints regarding her bikini. She’s been told it makes her husband uncomfortable, but why is that OP’s (Original Poster) problem?
Liberal and Open In-Laws
OP’s husband’s family has always been “very liberal” about clothes. She has always worn bikinis around them, and “no one has ever cared.”
Her mother-in-law even gets topless in front of her when her son isn’t around. So, OP was utterly taken aback when suddenly, she was asked to change her swimwear!
Family Vacations and Clothing Issues
She never expected that her mother-in-law would be the one to care for and comment on her wardrobe. But on a recent family vacation, she had an issue with OP wearing a bikini—all because she was eight months pregnant!
It’s a “Bad Look” on You!
Her mother-in-law told her it was a “bad look” on her, and if she couldn’t afford a maternity bathing suit, she’d give her money.
OP was appalled by what she said but explained that she “just liked the feel of bikinis.”
Not Taking No for an Answer
Unfortunately, her mother-in-law wouldn’t let things go. She told OP that she was making everyone “uncomfortable.”
OP wrote, “I noticed that my mother-in-law’s dad wasn’t really talking to me, and my mother-in-law’s husband wouldn’t look at me.”
A Family Vacation Flop
Later in the day, her mother-in-law accused her of “ruining” the family vacation because of how much she was “upsetting her husband.” In turn, her mother-in-law’s husband admitted he “couldn’t look” at OP and said he has a “real aversion to pregnancy.”
She shared, “He even said it was his problem to work through, not mine. He ended up going to their bedroom to eat, and my mother-in-law said I was being a d*** and literally making him sick.”
Something Against Kids
OP then explained how her mother-in-law’s husband “hated” children.
She wrote, “I can’t even put into words how much he hates children. If you are child-free, that’s cool, but he makes it his whole personality.”
What a Shameful Act!
Then, her mother-in-law told her she didn’t understand how OP could walk around “like that.”
She then said that when she was pregnant with OP’s husband, she didn’t even want to leave her room and cried whenever she saw herself in the mirror.
Back at You!
OP had had enough, so though it was petty, she told her mother-in-law that her tattoo was scaring her.
She wrote, “It’s a mock henna tattoo above her hip, and she was also in a bikini.” OP told her that she needed to cover up because it was causing her quite a fright!
Is That It?
At this, OP’s mother-in-law just rolled her eyes and stormed off. You’d think that that was the end of it, but OP would soon find out it wasn’t!
Talking Behind Her Back
Later, OP found out that her mother-in-law had been badmouthing her to their relatives, saying she was “mean” to her husband, who has a “severe phobia.”
She added that her husband always puts his big dog in another room because it makes OP uncomfortable. So, OP said her mother-in-law “pretty much said she needs to treat her belly like his dog and hide it away.”
The Community’s Two Cents
People don’t understand why OP wearing a bikini was such a big deal.
One said, “Not the a**hole. Seriously? He had to eat in the bedroom because of your swimsuit? Do they not realize that you’d still look pregnant in a one-piece? People are freaking weird.”
He Needs Help!
Some also noted that OP’s mother-in-law’s husband might need professional help and intervention to overcome this issue.
“This is a legit phobia. He probably needs some therapy. Still not your issue,” said one Redditor.
Another commented, “And from her telling, he wasn’t making it her issue. He acknowledged it was his problem and found a solution that worked for him.”
Her Husband’s Stance
People also pointed out that OP hadn’t mentioned her husband at any point in her story. Where was he, and why wasn’t he doing anything about what OP was going through?
“My question is, where is the husband in all this? Why is OP left to fend for herself? Her husband should have put a stop to this already or should have done something,” commented one man.
What a Monster-In-Law
Redditors praised OP’s mother-in-law’s husband for acknowledging his issues and not blaming OP for them. However, they did put her mother-in-law under the spotlight for how she reacted.
This user wrote, “At least he admitted it was his own problem. Doesn’t sound like he was being the a**hole. He was just saying, ‘Nope, not for me,’ and found his own solution. It was the mother-in-law that was being the a**hole. God, people are childish. The one guy who had a legitimate problem at least adopted a live-and-let-live attitude.”
What do you think? What would you tell OP’s mother-in-law?
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