Top 10 Things Infertiles Want You To Shut The Fuck Up About

In honor of Infertility Awareness Week – here’s a Top 10 list for what some of y’all should shut the fuck up about.

1.  Complaints about your body during pregnancy.  Swollen feet?  Fat ass?  Whaleish proportions?   Shut the fuck up, you’re pregnant. You have a tiny head and tiny feet poking you in the ribs and wedged between your organs. That’s how you’re supposed to feel.

2.  Complaints about what you can’t eat while pregnant.  Can’t eat sushi? Can’t eat goat cheese?  Can’t eat salami?  Shut the fuck up before we shove this seaweed wrapped, cheese slathered salami up your ass.  Have you heard the saying you can’t have your cake and eat it too?  Maybe not, seeing how you’re devouring that cake….

3.  Complaints about what you can’t do while pregnant.  Can’t go on a rollercoaster? Can’t go on a trampoline?  Can’t skydive?  Shut the fuck up, we can’t have a baby.

4.  Complaints about your kids.  Up all night?  Have picky eaters?  Sick of them crying over broken toys?  Sick of them crying over sharing toys?  Sick of them crying over the fact that you made them wear pants?  Shut the fuck up, that’s how kids act.

5.   Questions about when we’ll have kids.  When do we think we’ll have kids?  Are we planning on ever having kids?  Hm, let’s see, we thought about 3 years ago, but now we don’t know if we ever will be able to, THANKS FOR ASKING.  Shut the fuck up with your ignorant questions.

6.  Complaints about how your pregnancy/children is affecting your sex life.  Really?  Try forcing your spouse to have sex with you when they have a temperature of 103 and a raging sinus infection, because it is cycle day 15 and you don’t “waste a cycle”.  Or try having to drive to Ohio because it’s cycle day 15 and your spouse is out of town for work and you don’t want to “waste a cycle”. Then you can talk to us about your crappy sex life.  Shut the fuck up, we can’t wait to not HAVE to have sex.

7.  Gushing about how your prenatal vitamins made your hair and nails grow.  “Prenatal vitamins made my hair so lush and my nails so long” you say.  Yea, shut the fuck up.  We’ve been on them for 3 years and our split ends have split ends and our nails are stubs (but maybe that is from our anxious chewing?)

8.  Complaints about all of your doctor appointments/procedures.  Really?  Because some of us are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on medications and procedures.  We’re spending time at the doctor 4 days out of the month, on dates we can’t plan ahead, and often have to leave work or cancel plans to check on our follicle size.  We’re getting probed, we’re stabbing ourselves with needles, we’re nauseous because of the meds we’re taking.  The end result of this is usually bad news with a pitying look from a nurse, instead of getting to hear a heartbeat or see our baby’s toes on ultrasound.  Shut the fuck up about your doctor visits and procedures.

9.  Advice about how to get pregnant.  Relax?  Stop trying and it will happen?  Utilize the missionary position?  Drink herbal tea?  Trust in God’s plan?  Chart our temperatures?  Shut the fuck up with your witchcraft and wives tales.  We’re working with our reproductive endocrinologists, thank you very much, because this is a biological problem, not a fairy-tale dilemma.

10.  Complaints about not being able to drink because you’re pregnant.  Ok, actually, that one we get.  We totally get that.

Did I miss anything?


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78 thoughts on “Top 10 Things Infertiles Want You To Shut The Fuck Up About

  1. I’m a repeat offender of 1, 8, 10, and 2, but 2 only because everything I ate came back up and I felt like I was dying. I don’t mean to be insensitive. I’ve told you to punch me in the face before for my comments. You can still punch me in the face. Pregnancy and I did not mesh well, so I will probably complain about it until the end of my days because I have never been in more pain, have never been more depressed, and have never been so sad as I was knowing my body almost killed my kid, but I am reminded to be sensitive to others’ circumstances, and THANK YOU FOR THAT. I need to punch my selfishness in the face once in a while, too. Awesome post, especially the swears.

  2. Thanks for writing what I’ve never been able to say 🙂 Don’t want to take away from their “joy” but sometimes……

  3. Sooo honest and funny xxx wish I could walk around with No 5 as a card to give people when they ask instead of giving the usual platitudes xx

    • I used to always say “maybe” or “we would like to” when asked if we were going to have any. Every once in awhile a snarky comment came out but I usually didn’t have the energy for that.

  4. And see thats why I want to become a surrogate. Because i seem to get pregnant when I dont want to so why not give someone else a baby instead of adding to my already sizeable brood. Even with BC I still manage to get preggers. So might as well do some good right?

  5. Interesting fact…

    Most birth Moms feel exactly the same way! Even though we went through a pregnancy being around pregnant women, babies and kids is torture for a lot of us.

    • Oh yes! Thank you for bringing this up. We all have our battles – too often we are silent and suffer through them alone – which only causes others to suffer alone as well. Thanks again for sharing.

  6. When people tell me “It’s God’s plans” I want to stab them in the heart. I also can’t stand those people who giggle about how easily they got pregnant — like all they had to do was slip on a banana peel and …. oops… knocked up. Bite me. Or… how about the woman who is so lazy she can’t be bothered to clean out the kitty litter so her house doesn’t small like a cat crap factory — but gets pregnant at the drop of a hat. Great environment for a kid, you lazy tramp. Or “Don’t wait too long to have a baby” — like it is intentional. Gee, I was really aiming to break the Guinness Book of World records for oldest mother ever on earth. Now you wrecked it for me. Or the engineer who told my husband that we just need to go to Hawaii. Does Waikiki have some baby exchange that we aren’t aware of? And I was under the impression you had to be smart to become an engineer.

    • I shared this on my personal fb page (some know it is my blog, some don’t). I had some who “liked” and commented, and I’m sure I offended some others. Whatever. It’s infertility awareness week!

  7. i am sure i was guilty of some of this but i tried hard to be mindful of things like this. we went thru a miscarriage and got a lot of #5. i had a hard time not responding with a “shut the eff up.” i vowed to never ask that again. great post. i love it when people share what everyone else is thinking but not willing to say it out loud.

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  10. Ha ha ha!!! LOVE this and can relate to each one! I remember when my sis and sis in law were pregnant, I got A LOT of #5! Thank you for having the guts to say what many of us would like to say on a daily basis to others.

  11. I can relate to both sides. After losing my first 2 pregnancies due to miscarriage and then not even getting pregnant for the next 5 years, I couldn’t stand pregnant women or when I would see a baby. It just broke my heart every time. My own mom asked me to give my pregnancy books to my sister when she was pregnant. I almost stabbed her in the face… FINALLY I got pregnant again, and made it through to delivery!!! Then 10 1/2 months later gave birth again, 15 months later gave birth AGAIN! Now if I talk to someone having trouble getting pregnant, I actually feel kinda guilty for having (3) kids and I try my best to not talk about my kids too much, especially complaining about the little monsters.

    • Jen, I totally get both sides, too. I really do. Just when you’re in the middle of that process THIS is how you feel. Once you’ve got the little monsters, you have new things to be happy about, but also to complain about 😉

  12. I love every bit of this post. I would hug it if I could. #8 was more like 4 days a week at the Dr.s office for me. I never got used to all the stupid shit people can say. When really, I know, they just do not understand. AT ALL. My advice would bu, just like any other situation – if you dont get it and arent sure what to say, say nothing at all. End rant. Thanks for sharing!

  13. OMG. I am SO glad I never said any of that to my co-worker. I was apparently correct in that it would make me an insensitive fucktard to do so. She would talk about it sometimes, but I luckily avoided these infertility pitfalls and no-nos. Thanks for the list for future reference, and I do have an unhealthy liking for that four letter F word, my fam bitches that I say it enough. Sometimes though, gosh darn and meanie head just don’t seem to convey the correct level of pissed off.

    • sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders. i know i’m guilty of some of these, in the past. sometimes people just don’t know how words can hurt others, if they don’t have experience with it.

      • True. When in doubt, I ask. It surprises most, but then they’re happy usually to explain, or even just have someone interested enough to actually ASK and listen to the answers. I try to keep my head, but I have the temper of a red head and the disposition of a junk yard dog some days, and I lose it. It’s therapeutic sometimes in that it shows people at which level they are so deftly hurtful without even realizing. Sure, I’ll feel like an Ass later, but I know I am one so I just own it anyway. lol

          • It’s sad isn’t it? Most people listen with the intent to reply instead of understand; this leaves much to be desired in the way of conversation. Sometimes people just need to get it out: not be given solutions or an anecdote. I’ll see someone go, “Oh you know what you should have done?” and the speaker just wilts right before my eyes. If a person is asking sure, suggest away, but sometimes people just don’t want you to fix their problems, they just want to lance the wound that keeps festering.

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  15. I had a non-viable pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage last year, and have struggled with the apparent inability to conceive since then. And, of course, pretty much everyone and their goddamn cat is pregnant now, including, but not limited to: one of my best friends who got knocked up and had a shot-gun wedding, several family members I had to spend an insufferable Easter with, and a lesbian Facebook friend who is either stretching out an elaborate (and disgusting) April Fool’s joke, or who somehow accidentally managed to have an egg and sperm unite in her uterus despite not being into the gender that produces said sperm.

    I draw some hope from knowing I did conceive once, so I (theoretically) should be able to again. I can’t imagine how much more frustrating/annoying the things on your list must be for those who have had long struggles with infertility. Thanks for writing this, and I will keep these things in mind for when I hopefully get, and stay, pregnant.

    • Yes, when you’re trying to conceive, literally EVERYONE gets pregnant. Friends. Coworkers. Family members. Priests. Your odd uncle. EVERYONE. Hang in there and good luck. THe process sucks, but we go through the stress because we know it’s worth it in the end.

  16. Do you know how much better I feel after reading this? So. Much. Better. I have to throw in my story and two-cents. Lost my first pregnancy. Now it feels like everyone I know is pregnant – 2 best friends, cousin who dated someone for 2 months before getting pregnant. I didn’t really tell anyone about my pregnancy or miscarriage besides my parents. Recently couldn’t take my friends anymore with the comments and questions: “You’ll understand someday when you’re pregnant”, “I don’t care what they say, I’m still drinking as much caffeinated coffee/soda as I want”, etc. Told them I had a miscarriage and it was like deer in headlights. But at least now they stop with the comments and are more sensitive.

    Anyway I’ll be following your blog from now till eternity. Thanks for this.

    Oh and by the way, why is it that so many people “accidentally” get pregnant or are “surprised” with a pregnancy, but when you’re actually trying to get pregnant, it doesn’t happen? I hate everyone. End. 🙂

    • People are more than one dimensional. One post definitely gives only a piece of the picture. My posts are pretty diverse, as it is my therapeutic outlet. The most recent post was inspired by my feelings of guilt about not seeing a couple of people in particular that I still see, but would like to see more of. They are younger and really dont have the perspective of what having kids entails, and I wanted them to know why. I’m sorry if it hit a nerve, really. I recognize the tone of where you’re coming from and didn’t intend for it to sound at all like I was taking parenthood itself for granted or to be insulting to those without children.

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