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Ask Amy: Pregnancy news births mixed reactions

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I am experiencing an unplanned pregnancy with a stable, loving, and supportive partner.

We are in our late 30s and for a myriad of reasons, we decided we will carry on with the pregnancy and become parents.

We don’t make a lot of money and we live in a small apartment, but we know that all things are possible, and we choose to remain positive.

However, some of my closest friends are reacting in ways I didn’t expect.

Some of their responses seem rude at best, and anxiety-inducing at worst.

I am doing my best to be empathetic.

 

I understand that everyone is justified in feeling a certain way about unplanned pregnancies – might there be any advice you have for me about how to move past their reactions?

– Mixed Reviews

Dear Mixed: Yes, people’s varied feelings regarding an unplanned pregnancy are justified. What I mean is that people have a right to their own feelings.

But when it comes to someone else’s pregnancy and her choice regarding that pregnancy, people should keep their opinions, concerns, or misgivings to themselves.

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