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Hi all

Merry Xmas and hope all pf you are safe and healthy.

I am nearly 43 (hubby 42) and childless. Lately we have been bombarded by quite a few pregnancy announcements and I really donít know how to deal with it. Any tips? People tend to be quote insensitive to the point I wonder whether they do it on purpose. For example one of my friends sending me her pregnancy announcement on Xmas day while she knows our infertility  struggles. The same friends announced their pregnancy to another infertile couple on their face. Is this normal?
Anyway. Maybe itís just me feeling jealousy.
Any tips on how to deal with these situations? Itís quite painful

I know it is really hard, my cousin who I use to joke about needing her eggs recently had a baby and she will probably have a few more than her sister who is younger will than have kids and I canít get away from that and have to accept it however hard as there is no law in the universe that says I should have a child no matter how much I wish for it or demand it. Like you my OE Ivf failed but at 45 (last Ivf at 44) we have decided not to carry on towards DE, hard decision but for me I just couldnít cope with the tell not tell, and all the other what if questions, but my sister always says you over think that bit, the child would be the luckiest child and you should be more worried about the work involved of being a parent.
I donít think your friends are bring intentionally insensitive as I have found people just think Ďoh she must be over this by now and accepted ití but of course that is not the case especially people who have children are even more like that as all they see Is the hard work of raising the children and donít think about how you are feeling.
Try to concentrate on your DE Ivf and making that work as you have a really good chance of having a baby fingers crossed.

I can relate to how you feel Efi. I didn't end up with my baby until I was 45 and it was really hard at times. People can be really focussed on themselves - we all can at times, but there can be insensitivity and selfishness I found sometimes. I found having plans A, B, C etc helpful, giving myself little goals for different time periods, turning off social media (still not turned it all back on, mainly cos I'm currently a bit brain dead!  ;D) Uoure definitely not alone. Journalling, exercise, new activities, contacting others in a similar situation, helpful therapies (both physical & emotional) can all help. DE doesn't always work first or second time but your chances are sooo much better and it's still your baby growing in your womb and ultimately your child that loves you back, so don't let that put you off. Good luck for 2021 xx

Sending lots of love Efi. People can be so insensitive. Could you say in a few weeks, ďIím still really struggling with my infertility and itís hard to be told of peopleís pregnancies face to face or on holidays such as Christmas or (god forbid) Motherís Day).Ē

I asked friends who I knew might be pregnant soon (so were ttc or planning a pregnancy) to text me their news. I explained that being told face to face was really hard. I had four failed rounds of own egg
iVF and had been trying for five years before my daughter was born so it was a lot of pregnancy announcements.

Also once I was pregnant I took my own advice and text friends the news and posted on social media about ďour journeyĒ and avoided any bump pics or scan pics.

Iím currently 18 weeks and Iíve avoided any mention of pregnancy on social media this Christmas. Iím planning to say Iím pregnant sensitively on Insta and social media after my 20 week but again not with a pic of the scan, nor my bump or my daughter ďbeing a big sisterĒ.

Sending love and youíre not alone - people can be very insensitive and not get how hard this is

Hi Efi78

Unfortunately I find whether people know about your situation or not, they often don't hold back talking about babies and pregnancies. I think that unless people are in a position of experiencing fertility problems they just don't have an awareness that their actions can be quite painful. Is not that people are doing it on purpose but they just don't know whether to behave differently or not.

I think as mentioned in another post, goals are really good so you can focus on them. My best advice is to try and not let it eat you up with jealously. I always think when someone announces they are pregnant -thank goodness they've not had fertility problems because I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I also now just think of my own personal goals too.

How this helps and good luck with everything xx


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