Anyway...every group needs a nice simple term. And I guess this is the one we're stuck with.
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As many of you know all too well, one of the hardest parts of this process is that we're not going through it in a bubble. A bubble would be nice. In my bubble, I wouldn't compare myself and my life to other people. But I don't live in a bubble and people are getting pregnant and having babies everywhere I turn.
All of this stress is multiplied during IVF. It just is. And it just so happens that I have learned of at least 6 blogger and internet friends and 2 real-life friends that are pregnant in the last week or two. Seriously. I might talk about the pressure of knowing that not everyone of us can get a BFP in the same month later.
This post is about how to tell your infertile friend (me for example), that you are pregnant.
The following is a Facebook message I received from one of my good friends from college. The last time I saw her was a few months ago and I told her about what was going on and the fact that I was about to try IVF.
I have some news, and I definitely wanted to tell you this personally (although is a facebook message really that personal? - I don't know) before I did a public announcement in the next day or so. The Mr. and I are pregnant, around 13-ish weeks along right now. I actually found out a week or so after I saw you and had no idea, or else I definitely would have said something to you then.
I really really want you to know that I don't want you to feel like you have to respond to this right now, or in a week, or ever, if you don't want to. Or, if you want to, I'm all for that too. Seriously - whatever you want. I've been following your blog pretty much daily, and although I haven't said anything, I do want you to know that I am one of your faithful web (and real life) supporters. I read a lot of your back posts too, and I have to say, you have a way with words. Not just in that "I'm an English teacher so I write well," type of way, but you have a way of conveying a thought in a clear way that makes the reader understand exactly what that thought is. Your 103rd post re: Shakespeare definitely made me chuckle. I know that you are struggling with the idea of going public, and I can't say that I would be brave enough to do it if I were you, but if it does happen, I think that so many people would benefit from reading your blog.
Anyway, that is my news. I truly truly am hoping that you and Mr. GG. also get good news soon.
Of course I responded immediately because it was such a sweet message!
And I knew that I wanted to publish it because I think it's a great model for others.
So if you need to tell your infertile friend that you're pregnant:
- First, tell them. Right away (i.e. immediately if it's your best friend or sister that would tell the second your POAS, or after the first trimester if you're not telling friends until then). Right before the public announcement is so much better. It takes the shock away.
- Second, be straightforward about what's going on with you.
- Third, acknowledge that you know your friend is struggling and that you are supportive. Don't skirt around the issue. Don't make promises like "I know it will happen for you soon." Just show support.
- And last, don't disappear. It might be hard for me (i.e. infertile friend) to make the effort, so if you really do care - call every once in awhile. Ask questions about what's going on with me and that will make it easy for me to ask about you.
Auds, I wish you all the very best. Thanks for supporting me!