Are You Trying? How to Handle Questions About Getting Pregnant

Questions that make you cringe and surefire ways to handle them

Whether you've been trying for two months, or two years, give some thought as to how much of your personal life you are comfortable sharing, and with whom. You may never understand why some people feel entitled to ask such intimate questions, but you should never feel obligated to divulge more than you want. It's much easier to bite your tongue when the questions are being shot from the nosy and insensitive. But, even when they are coming from a genuinely good place, if you don't want to discuss the details of your efforts, don't. It's much easier to open the lines of communication once you're ready than trying to take back information you gave under unexpected duress.

The conception process can take months, even years. We certainly hope you won't be faced with tough decisions about fertility treatments along the way, but what if you are? You're going to need some support '- and close friends and family can be just the answer. Odds are, those closest to you may have been using the 20-questions technique as a way to let you know they were there if you needed them. Take the lead and tell them how they can help. In some cases you may want to talk through every detail. In others, you may take solace in the fact that you don't have to discuss your monthly efforts, but know these people are in your corner silently cheering you on.

This is new territory for you and everyone else in your life. Remember, it's temporary. So do what works for you '- and if you have to drop an atomic bomb conversation stopper on those who have mercilessly stepped over the line from time to time '- do it. We can guarantee that will be the last question you'll have to answer.

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