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Should Couples Tell Their Families That They Are Trying to Get Pregnant?

We're Trying!: Should You Tell Your Family About Baby Plans?

Trying for a baby doesn't guarantee it will happen. While some couples like to announce their efforts toward starting a family, others choose to keep their actions between the sheets until they result in a positive pregnancy test. Grandparents-to-be can get excited and awfully eager about the prospect of having a grandchild. Last night on How I Met Your Mother, Marshall told his dad he and Lily were trying and she felt pressured. What's your opinion?

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WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years
amber512 amber512 5 years
Thanks. I hope so :)
lawchick lawchick 5 years
Agree with lilkimbo. We didn't tell anyone except a couple of close friends. We're very private people, so that wasn't out of character for us. I was especially glad we DIDN'T tell people when it ended up taking about 2 years. It would've added to our heartache to have people asking all the time "are you pregnant yet?" or even just "how's it going? [wink]" good luck Amber - it will happen for you :)
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
I don't think you 'should' do either. Like lilkombo said, as long as you and your partner agree you 'can' do as you please. I wouldn't, though. I'm not comfortable talking about sex with my in-laws ;) When I announced I was pregant I felt like it was me saying 'Hey, grandpa, I've had sex ! I can be really prudish....
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I would want to, so everyone can prepare mentally. Or maybe because I want to prove to my parents that not everything I do is completely unplanned and accidental :( (that's really sad, isn't it?)
amber512 amber512 5 years
My friends and family all know that my husband and I have been trying for over three years. Even my coworkers know. Then again, I work in a church child care and that sort of stuff comes up!
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
Also, the vote yes option says "It's exciting for everyone". Not really. I couldn't care less that you're trying.
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
It's rather awkward. I have an aunt who did that. "GUYS X AND I ARE TRYING!" Um, thanks for sharing. I really want the mental picture of you guys fucking like rabbits. Hawt. Just keep that under wraps until you're actually pregnant.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
In our case we are very close to our families. Everyone knew we were trying. I don't view it as pressure, rather I have a large support group full of people rooting for us. I can easily see how someone else would feel uncomfortable though. I think the most important thing is what lilkimbo said. Both partners should be in total agreement.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I don't really think there is a correct answer for every couple. I do, however think that the couple should be in agreement on whether they should tell people and on whom they should tell.
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