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"we're pregnant"

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idontlikealdi Thu 17-Nov-16 11:13:29

Urgh - does anyone else find this intensley irritating or is it just me?

Really really grates on me.

Rant over.

Candlestickchick Thu 17-Nov-16 11:14:53

Yes makes my blood boil. Not only does it make zero sense at all, but for some reason also just sounds far more smug than "I'm pregnant"

MauiWest Thu 17-Nov-16 11:19:23

Depends how it is meant. Some husbands are trying to be supportive and mean well, can't see what the harm is in that. Yes everybody realises that the man is not actually carrying the baby, but it's not unheard to see new dads over exciting, taking on all the chores and making a huge fuss about their pregnant wife. Good for them, and if mum-to-be are happy with that, again, what is the harm.

You might hate hearing that from your own partner, but from someone else, really who cares.

AnnieMated1 Thu 17-Nov-16 11:24:47

Ugh, yes, I hate it too and inwardly shudder every time I hear someone say it.

'We' are not pregnant, only 'she' is pregnant. It's a biological state but has become a smug, twatty way of saying we are having a baby.

I hate it almost as much as 'playdate'. Almost.

NickyEds Thu 17-Nov-16 11:27:14

Dp did this once- 'we're pregnant' I think I said "unless you mean the royal 'we' I think you'll find I'm the pregnant one!".

KlingybunFistelvase Thu 17-Nov-16 11:28:55

If it comes from a good place, I think it's fine and totally harmless.

I do find it a tiny bit cringe though. Just find it a bit cheesy sounding but that's more because of the men I know who use it than the actual expression. You know the one in Bridget Jones; "isn't it about time you got yourself sprogged up?" [rub wife's pregnant belly] "you aren't getting any younger. Tick tock" hmm.

UnoriginalNN Thu 17-Nov-16 11:29:29


We are having a baby, I am the fucking pregnant one.

Shutupanddance1 Thu 17-Nov-16 11:37:20

My husband said 'we're pregnant'. I've no issue with it - he suffered as much with my broken sleep as I did grin I think it's just some men's way of getting themselves involved - which in my opinion isn't a bad thing when you read some of the threads on here.

ElodieS Thu 17-Nov-16 11:40:50

Agreed! For some reason it really grates!

What's wrong with 'we're expecting a baby'?!

IDreamOfPeace Thu 17-Nov-16 11:42:05

YANBU. I can't stand that phrase.

I am pregnant. We're going to be parents. These are acceptable phrases but never 'We're pregnant'.

Another one that I hate is "We're going for our scan next week!". You mean the guys going to drink enough water to fill a boiler and then have someone smush cold goop onto their sensitive belly and push really hard on their fit to burst bladder too? hmm It's very much the scan.

Sparlklesilverglitter Thu 17-Nov-16 11:43:22

It really doesn't bother me, it doesn't effect my life so o don't care TBH

If somebody wishes to say we are pregnant, we're going for our first scan then let them, they are excited and not hurting anyone

Hufflepuffin Thu 17-Nov-16 11:48:01

I hate this (to me it's like saying "we've got our period")

but I also hate it when people quibble over saying (e.g.) "my uncle is having a baby" "oh really? That's a medical miracle!!" I didn't say he giving birth ffs.

DoYouRememberJustinBobby Thu 17-Nov-16 11:52:50

We are expecting a baby - yes.
We are pregnant - no.

WTF is with men increasingly pushing women out of women only experiences?
Yes you can be excited your wife is pregnant, yes you can be involved enthusiastically in the pregnancy and birth but NO men do not get pregnant and men do not give birth.

Next it will be "we are on our period".

Leviticus Thu 17-Nov-16 11:52:51


A: untrue

B: sounds cringey

KidLorneRoll Thu 17-Nov-16 12:12:23

It's just a turn of phrase.

It's not pushing women out of anything, it's not like anyone will actually think it's some sort of shared pregnancy and most people's first thought is "congratulations!" I would hope.

Blueskyrain Thu 17-Nov-16 12:39:00

We might be having a baby, but I'm the one sporadically vomiting at train stations, and retching when going in to the supermarket, peeing every 5 minutes, and busting into tears at 'its a small world', just because...

If we could take shifts, then we could happily both be pregnant, but that's not how it works.

skippy67 Thu 17-Nov-16 12:41:26

I was listening to a radio show ambit about breastfeeding the other day. The male presenter used phrases like "we tried to breastfeed " and "we breastfed for x months". Gave me the rage!

Nocabbageinmyeye Thu 17-Nov-16 12:46:22

Yep gives me the rate too. We are breastfeeding is a new one on me skippy hmm did nobody text him and tell him to stop being a gobshite?

Temporaryname137 Thu 17-Nov-16 12:52:12


Unless you are a medical fucking miracle, it is "I". Not "we".

Sparklingbrook Thu 17-Nov-16 12:57:48

Really doesn't bother me. Everybody knows it's just the female person that is pregnant. The phrase involves the father too.

My first thought would actually be to congratulate them rather than get all arsey about the way it was announced.

skippy67 Thu 17-Nov-16 13:03:27

cabbage nope, no one did! It was James O'Brien, though, so I doubt he would've told us if they had...

Maudlinmaud Thu 17-Nov-16 13:08:33

A really awful woman I know and limit contact with came out with "brothers name is pregnant" hmm

Silvergran68 Thu 17-Nov-16 13:11:58

The only man I've heard say this did so at the insistence of his wife who said they were both in this together. Not an expression I'd choose (a bit late now!) but each to their own.

RafflesMaidenSister Thu 17-Nov-16 14:03:02

I agree it is a little cringey, but some people may not feel comfortable saying "We are having a baby" in case there is no baby at the end of the pregnancy. So perhaps it is a compromise to accommodate that?

KlingybunFistelvase Thu 17-Nov-16 14:06:05

We always said "we are expecting a baby"

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