Being pregnant has made Annalisa Barbieri a public figure.
As soon as the baby swell becomes visible, people feel able to comment openly on your body in a way that happens at no other time in this country.
But when you get to nine months, all of this goes on to a whole new level. Everyone thinks they are the first person to tell you - nay, that you will be covered in gratitude that they have told you - that you are huge and you're having a pony/quads.
Everyone thinks it's nice and caring and involved to bug you, day and night, "Anything happened, yet?" - not realising that three dozen nice, caring and wanting-to-be-involved friends have already asked that day. No wonder animals go to ground before birthing.