7 Ways to Cope

Topic: 7 Ways to Cope When Pregnancy Leads to Lost Friendships

The moment I announced I was having a baby, some friends saw me differently.

When I got pregnant, I knew that life as I knew it would change. This included everything from my home life to my relationship, my body, my sense of self, my finances, and my responsibilities.

What I didn’t expect to change so much were my friendships.

In the past, I had seen mothers post online, saying that pregnancy really shows you who your true friends are. I never understood it until now. It’s true.

Pregnancy quickly sorts out who should be in your life and who no longer deserves a place, and it doesn’t take much to figure it out.

At 37 weeks pregnant, I’m lucky enough to have had one strong friendship that hasn’t changed at all. We have an amazing bond, and she’s been a huge support throughout the entire pregnancy.

This wasn’t a surprise because we’ve been friends for years. Nothing has ever come between us.

However, I was surprised to see other friendships drift away. It was as if the moment I announced I was having a baby, some friends saw me differently. I became annoying to them because I talked about babies while they weren’t quite there yet.

It’s funny how the event invitations seemed to drop off the further along I got. Maybe they felt they could no longer involve me in things because I couldn’t drink or smoke or go out partying. It’s almost as if people forget you don’t need to drink alcohol to have a good time.

Suddenly feeling like I was obsolete to some of the people in my social circle was painful, but it taught me a lot about myself, the people I love, and moving forward in life.

Read on for tips on how to cope with this little-talked-about aspect of the pregnancy journey.

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