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'When someone tells you they are pregnant...', by Kirsty McCabe

From excited and envious to feeling relieved that you aren't the one who is pregnant, hearing someone else's joyful news can bring about a range of emotions

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"Quite a few close friends have announced their pregnancies lately and it always sends me through the same pattern of emotions."

  • I’m thrilled and excited. Having children is great, but sometimes it can be hard to explain why. It’s one of those things that you don’t get until you have them. I am especially pleased for them if they’ve had a long or tough time getting pregnant.

  • I’m a wee bit jealous. I loved being pregnant and all the excitement it brings. You know, the whole miracle of life and creating your family and dreaming about the future stuff. I start wondering, could I do it again? And what would life be like with three children? At this point, my husband will remind me of the early days which triggers the next emotion...

  • I’m quite relieved it’s not me. Labour and the first few months with a newborn are hard work. Now my boys are aged two and four I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. They can play together without me having to watch every move, they sleep through the night, and they can talk so I know exactly what they want or need. Why would I go back to the baby stages? Why would I do that to my body again? Not to mention the cost of putting another child through nursery!

  • I’m not sure how to sum up the next emotion? I guess it’s motherly, as I find myself wanting to give advice but trying to hold back as I know it’s overwhelming when you’re on the other side. No point telling traumatic birth stories just yet, rather wait 'til they’ve got their own story to share.

  • Instead, I channel my motherly instincts into offering up clothes, books, toys and various baby paraphernalia that I am no longer in need of. Is there an emotion for the excitement felt when clearing out your own loft?

What do you find yourself feeling when someone tells you they are pregnant? Let us know by commenting below or join in the discussion on Twitter...

Kirsty McCabe writes her weekly column here on www.juniormagazine.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter: @juniormagazine to keep up with the latest news

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