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Expect embarrassing questions when telling your parents that you’re pregnant

We’re nearing the end of week 10 of our pregnancy and, being the terrible secret keepers that we are, my wife and I decided that we couldn’t hold back our exciting news from our parents any longer. Unfortunately we were wholly unprepared for the barrage of embarrassing questions that would soon put us right off our lunch…

Here’s what happened;

After deciding to tell both sets of parents our baby news, we agreed to avoid any elaborate over-dramatic performance in favour of the more “quick and painless” approach, over lunch, sort of like ripping off a plaster.

“Yer, we’re all good. Work’s been really hectic this week…had fun at a friend’s 30th birthday party last night…currently trying to plan a mini break in Europe for May, and oh yer, we’re having a baby.” 

Reactions were unsurprising from my folks, with my old dad tapping me on the shoulder repeating “well done, well done, well done” in his usual understated but lovely way, while my excited mum made a little squeal of delight before jumping in there early, generous as ever, to say, “We’ll buy you the pram.”

However the response from my wife’s family, while of course equally excitable, was somewhat more unexpected and personal in nature…

“So, when did you do the deed?!” 

Seeing us struggling to respond, since sex isn’t the usual topic of conversation over a family roast, they subtly switched tack:

“Don’t worry, if you know the due date, we can just work backwards from there.” 

*Awkward levels rising*

Embarrassing pregnancy stories

“23 September”, we say, reluctantly.

It’s at this moment that it dawns on them that the “deed” wasn’t “done” on some romantic New Year getaway but rather a little closer to home…at their home to be exact (almost certainly), while staying with them over Christmas.

A moment of uncomfortable silence ensued, as the whole table casted their minds back to the weekend in question, my wife’s and my longer than normal lie ins and the Sunday walks we uncharacteristically decided to skip…

“Anyone for seconds?”, her mum pipes up.  Gotta love her for changing the subject!

Embarrassing family lunch

29 weeks and 1 day left to go…

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s awfully embarrassing blog! As always I’d love to hear about your embarrassing pregnancy experiences too, so please do share your stories of how you told your parents your pregnancy news in the comments section below.

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  1. Kim
    17th August 2017 / 7:48 am

    Loved this! Rather randomly I told my folks at a funeral (in a bid to cheer my Mum up) she shook my husbands hand and said “well done you did it”. Even thinking back this makes my skin crawl. I have no idea why she said it. #cringe

      17th August 2017 / 8:45 am

      Haha! Oh Kim, that’s seriously awks too! Like he’s just been finally promoted at work or something!! Love it

  2. 2nd November 2016 / 3:45 pm

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  3. 14th August 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Haha nice for munching a roast…cringe….hopefully that is the last of the questions! Exciting times!!! #chucklemums

  4. 11th August 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Ewwwww. Not cool, in-laws, not cool.
    My mum’s response to me telling her I was pregnant with my second (when my first has just turned one), was “oh my god, how are you going to cope?!” Yeah, cheers mum!
    Thanks for joining #chucklemums

  5. 10th August 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Oh god, I can’t….I wouldn’t have known how to respond! Damn pregnancy for having a reference to sexual activities and damn parents for making it all so completely awks! Thanks for linking with #Chucklemums, hope to see you next week 🙂 xx

  6. 9th August 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Oh my word, WHY WOULD THEY ASK THAT? What were they expecting? Did they believe all babies were made in romantic situations?

    My friend wrote a guest blog for me that I published today about stupid things people say when you’re pregnant and a common one is asking about whether it was planned etc. WHY do people think just cos you’ve ade a baby they can suddenly enquire about your sex life? CRINGE.


      9th August 2016 / 10:59 pm

      Thanks Fran / the most cringe moment of my life!!

  7. rightroyalmother
    9th August 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Oh amazing. I love that… I’m sure once they got over the initial realisation they patted themselves on the back for having a ‘fertile house’ or something(??!) #chucklemums

  8. 7th August 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe they outright asked you when it happened! That’s a littler, er, forward. I feel like I remember my husband’s aunt asking embarrassing questions when I was pregnant the second time. (Since we lived closer then and saw each other more than with my first.) I can’t remember what, exactly, but she’s good at making people uncomfortable just because she thinks it’s funny! lol

  9. min1980
    6th August 2016 / 12:02 am

    Oh no how embarrassing! Luckily I had nothing like this as my mother was there when I got pregnant so knew from the start! It sounds dodgy but my son was conceived via IVF and she came with me to the clinic for embryo transfer. #FabFridayPost

  10. 5th August 2016 / 8:10 pm

    HAHAH this made me laugh out loud!! Awkward!!! We had our own awkward moment when telling my in-laws I was pregnant with baby number five, just 12 weeks after I had given birth to number four. “Why were you even having sex??” they asked us, eyeing us with complete horror as though we were some kind of sexual deviants!! Agghhh! #fabfridaypost

      5th August 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Hahahah that is hilarious! How embarrassing for you guys, you sexy beasts!

  11. 13th March 2016 / 12:05 am

    Oh my goodness, this is hilarious and seriously awkward! I would have left the room straightaway! #abitofeverything

  12. 10th March 2016 / 10:14 am

    lol! This is so funny and a little embarrassing! I can picture them picturing you in their home for an overnight stay. Fab! Thank you very much for linking up with us. #FabFridayPost

  13. 6th March 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Very funny and true 🙂

  14. 6th March 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I can’t say we were asked anything too awkward, although when we were expecting our second (just over a year after our first), my mother in law did query whether it was an accident!

    • 6th March 2016 / 1:07 pm

      haha – the older generation really are rather indiscreet!

  15. 6th March 2016 / 2:41 am

    Too funny! Big thanks to your MIL to help pass over the awkward moment. Just be ready for more and more awkward conversations as your wife gets further along. #FabFridayPost

  16. 5th March 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Gotta admit, I was pretty relieved too!

  17. 4th March 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Oh. My. Word! I would have been absolutely mortified had my in-laws asked me those questions, lol. I love your mom’s response about buying the pram – sounds a bit like something my mom would say! #fabfridaypost

  18. 4th March 2016 / 12:08 pm

    When I was pregnant with my first (10 years ago) my Nan asked me if I’d maybe been sick on holiday and that’s probably why my pill hadn’t worked! Never mind that I’d been in a relationship for 8 years (clearly at 24 it must have been an accident!). People are hilarious. Sarah #FabFridayPost

  19. 3rd March 2016 / 12:52 pm

    hahaha aww bless you. luckily I did not experience this but you seem to have survived! Awkward moment number 2 will come when they read this post!

    • 3rd March 2016 / 1:09 pm

      haha…didn’t think this through!! lol

  20. 3rd March 2016 / 10:19 am

    Ha ha! My mum just kept asking me over and over again if I was sure I was pregnant. YES! #familyfun

    • 3rd March 2016 / 10:28 am

      Haha! Lovely to see their excitement!

  21. 3rd March 2016 / 6:56 am

    Hehehe, that is so funny! At least they sound like they are very down to earth, and easy going! Although clearly realising conception took place in their house was one step too far! I loved the pictures too!! My parents reacted in the same way as yours-my dad in his usual understated way, and my mum squealing and crying, and making offers to buy stuff and have the baby over night so we could have time to ourselves?! Very premature statements!!

    • 3rd March 2016 / 7:55 am

      I hope they came through on all their promises!!

  22. 2nd March 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Oh god how embarrasing, I would be mortified. Thanks for posting this, good luck with the rest of the pregnancy. Claire x #abitofeverything

  23. 1st March 2016 / 7:58 pm

    That is so hilarious. Along the same lines, when we told my parents we were expecting twins (in addition to our one and two year old) it didn’t take them long to work out that this occurred on our holiday with them to Egypt. After they finally got over the shock, they spent months teasing that the babies should be called ‘Sharm’ and ‘El Sheik’! #abitofeverything

    • 1st March 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Haha – did you take their suggestions?!

  24. 1st March 2016 / 2:19 pm

    oh too funny but so true – great pictures – really made me giggle – have just followed you on IG and twitter #abitofeverything

    • 1st March 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Ah, thanks so much! Totally awkward!!

  25. 1st March 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Haha oh god..that is so awkward!!why would they possibly need to know such a thing?I would have cried haha.x #abitofeverything

  26. 1st March 2016 / 10:28 am

    Heehee, brilliant. Lots of luck with the pregnancy.
    And I thought it was cool that our posts are next to each other on #abitofeverything and are both about pregnancy.
    Cheers, Gretel

    • 1st March 2016 / 10:52 am

      Thanks Gretel – will take a look at yours now! X