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How not to react to pregnancy news

July 7, 2015

I’m someone who is naturally excited whenever someone tells me that they are pregnant. My mind starts thinking about the grand adventure that they are embarking on and I congratulate them and express my excitement.

It seems however that not everyone reacts to pregnancy news in the same way. Since announcing that I am expecting baby no. 3 aka Piglet in early December I have had a whole host of reactions. Some of which I’d rather people had kept to themselves.

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Take a look at some of the reactions I’ve experienced in recent weeks…

How not to react to pregnancy news

I didn’t know you were trying

Erm, never really sure how to respond to this one… sorry for not giving you in the heads up on my sex life but whether I was or wasn’t trying isn’t much concern of yours.

Happy accident?

No, it was a much wanted and planned baby. Whilst not everyone chooses when they fall pregnant and it sometimes comes as a surprise I don’t think a comment like ‘happy accident’ is welcomed by anyone. 

I thought you were just piling on the pounds

(Yes someone actually said this to my face and I’ve had a couple of variations of it too) Not really sure how to answer this one other than no I’m not fat, I’m pregnant.

I thought you said no more babies

We changed our minds and decided that we’d love a larger family, I didn’t realise that once we had said no more babies it was set in stone.

Why do you want another? you already have a boy and a girl

Whilst we are currently the 2.4 family with one of each why should that stop us wanting more children? I imagine this same person would change tact if I had 2 girls/boys with ‘oh I bet you’re hoping for a girl/boy this time round’.

But you’ve just got your life back

(Referring to Tigger about to start full-time school in September) We chose to leave 4 years between Roo and Tigger due to childcare costs and it is a similar reason this time around (albeit it took a little longer and Tigger will be 5 when Piglet arrives).

I’m not really sure why these people couldn’t have just said congratulations.

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