Pregnancy news is tinged with loss
Dear Amy: My husband and I just found out that I am pregnant. We weren’t planning this, but now that we’re over the shock we are very happy. This will be the first grandchild for both of our families, and we know our parents are going to be thrilled.
However, I’m nervous about telling my husband’s brother and his wife. They have been trying to have a child for more than five years. They’ve suffered through fertility testing and IVF, as well as a late-term miscarriage. It’s been incredibly painful for them and for my husband’s whole family. Their last round of IVF ended only a few months ago, without success.
How can we be sensitive to them in announcing and talking about our pregnancy? — WORRIED
Dear Worried: You and your husband should email or call this couple to tell them, “We’re letting you know before telling other family members that we are pregnant. We are both aware of what you have been through to try to build your family, and our news is tempered by our wish that you weren’t going through this. We know you want the best for us, but we also want you to know that we completely understand if you want to have some space or are not inclined to celebrate.”
There is no need to be hushhush around them. Don’t apologize for your own good luck. But let them off the hook regarding baby showers, so-called “gender reveals” (please, don’t have one), and any other baby-related hoopla. They might want to participate, or they might want to keep some distance (possibly a little of both). No matter what, you should be understanding and patient.