​Awkward Moment When People Congratulate BBC Presenter On Pregnancy But It's Just A 'Pot Belly'

BBC presenter Steph McGovern managed to turn an awkward moment into a heroic one, when she hit back at mistaken congratulations on her pregnancy by saying she was just 'with pot belly'.

The BBC Breakfast regular appeared on the show to discuss the collapse of British firm Carillion - only to find that others weren't discussing that, but, oddly, what they thought was her pregnant belly.

McGovern would be well within her rights to be a bit peeved about the whole thing, but instead she rose well above it with a humorous response.

She tweeted: "For those who are congratulating me on my 'pregnancy'. I am not 'with child', I am 'with pot belly'."

As you can imagine, people bloody loved it, with many replying to say that she wasn't the only one. Others, meanwhile, simply said she was 'great' regardless of pregnancy or 'pot belly'.



In fact, McGovern really wasn't arsed at all - telling the Daily Mail it's just all part of the job.

"I'd definitely be in the wrong job if I got offended by comments like that. Even my own auntie asked me once if I was pregnant after seeing me on the telly - that's just life on camera," she said.

"I just decided to tweet a reply about it today because I'd had a run of a few celebratory tweets and I wanted to clarify I wasn't - and get in there before my boss started arranging my maternity cover!"

She added: "What's been interesting though is all the messages I've had, showing you how many women it happens to on a daily basis.

"It's a pot belly, not a baby. Although, I'm thinking about naming mine now after all the attention it's getting."

It's frustrating to think that a leading financial journalist - who studied Science Communication and Policy at UCL - has people banging on about her supposed pregnancy over what she's actually saying. But fair play to Steph for being good-spirited about the whole thing, and hitting back with such a scarily relatable answer. Round of applause.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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