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How Can I Relate to My Friends With Babies?

I’m still trying to get pregnant, but all my friends have babies. I just can’t relate. What can I do?
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Sometimes it can seem like everyone around you is pushing a stroller and lugging a diaper bag — especially if you’re trying to get pregnant but haven’t yet succeeded. It gets even harder when your circle of friends all seem to be busy fussing over their babies and limiting their social lives to mommy-and-me classes. You can approach this in one of two ways: Either avoid them altogether or have a frank discussion with those you are closest with. Your friends can’t help it if they are juggling their own family matters, but they should be sensitive to your needs and wants.

It can also help to seek outside assistance. There are plenty of support groups, both in person and online, with women who are in a similar situation to your own. Reaching out to them may help you cope with your feelings and find some balance. For more help, check out The National Infertility Association at www.resolve.org. And go to The Bump’s message board to find other women who are TTC.

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Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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