Sometimes you need to be a little direct to avoid the uncomfortable questions you get about your family planning. Keep reading for some good responses to nosey questions and more.
When you’re trying to conceive and not quite conceiving as quickly as you had hoped (or as easily as they told you in junior high), people asking questions that relate to your family-building goals can be uncomfortable. Whether it’s, “When are you guys going to have kids?” or “Why don’t you have kids yet?” or even, “What are you waiting for???”, you may not know how to respond. Hopefully though, we can lay out a few options that will get their nose OUT of your uterus!
First things first, before heading to any party, family function, or any occasion where you have the slightest suspicion someone will ask you and your partner or spouse, you should discuss it privately ahead of time on how you want to handle it.
Do you want to be honest? Do you want to tell people to mind their own business? It’s important that you’re not only on the same page to ensure neither of you is unhappy with your response, but also to provide a united front.
Second, no matter how you want to handle any nosey questions, you should always have other topics, accomplishments, or even recent anecdotes you enjoy telling ready to go. It could be that you just got a promotion at work, that you’re taking a new yoga class that you’re loving, or the funniest thing happened on your vacation that you have to share. Having something else to pivot the conversation to is not only helpful, but it also reminds you that you are more than your reproductive organs.
Also, while I think it’s only natural to try and be snarky (i.e. “I’ll have kids when you stop having them.” Or “I’ll get pregnant when men are able to get pregnant.”), people genuinely aren’t trying to be mean or hurtful. I know they may very well be hurting your feelings, but more often than not, it’s unintentional. If you feel comfortable in fact, you can even use their insensitive question as an opportunity to educate them on why they might never want to ask anyone else ever again. Look at it as taking one for the fertility challenged team! Something along the lines of, “Actually, we’re hoping to have children but are having a tough time. To be honest, we know a lot of people and couples in similar situations who aren’t as understanding and strong as us, so you may not want to ask that as they may not have the best reaction. I just want you to remain living and unpunched.” Educational and honest with a dash of humor!
Some other stock answers that you can use may be:
“Not yet but please keep us in your thoughts.”
“No news yet, but it’s an eventual goal of ours.”
“We would love to have kids, but it hasn’t been as easy as we had hoped.”
“We are going through fertility treatment right now. I could use some support actually.”
“That’s a bit of a personal question that I’d prefer not to discuss. I love your outfit by the way. Have you lost weight?”
“It’s something we plan on doing. We’ll let you know when it happens. Thanks.”
“I’d prefer not to talk about that topic as I tend to get slew of unwarranted advice.”
“We’ve been diagnosed with infertility issues so probably best not to ask as it may be awhile before we have any news to update you with.”
A side note is whenever people have confided in me that they are having fertility issues, one of the first things I say is, “Just so you’re aware, I’m not going to ask you about this ever again so if you want to talk about it, please let me know.” I say this because when I was trying to conceive, I HATED people asking, “How did this cycle go?” or “What did the doctor say?” or “Anything yet?” so I suggest that no matter how you answer, you give them clear direction on whether or not you’d like them to check in with you or literally never ask you about it again.
One of the biggest things to remember is YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG. One in eight deal with infertility, it is a medical diagnosis so no matter how you respond, what you say or don’t say, please remember not to take them asking as any commentary on you, your relationship, or your fabulousness.