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On announcing mc "Well I'm sure you'll have another"...

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Dye2014 Thu 13-Nov-14 20:22:41

... Must be one of the most tactless things to say.

Firstly this one was an accident. Therefore no; no we may not try again.

Secondly I'm in pain and my pants look like a bloodbath. The thought of going through this again is horrifying.

Thirdly dh is grieving too. I'm not sure my vagina is of huge interest right now.

I'm sure there are more. Most people say 'oh shit, I'm sorry etc'. There's no right answer but it's up there with 'just relax' for infertile couples....

No need to reply really. Just emotional right now!

flipwit Thu 13-Nov-14 20:28:15

thanks Sorry for the loss of your baby. Xx

CaptainAnkles Thu 13-Nov-14 20:31:34

Sorry for your loss thanks People can be thoughtless sad

ByTheWishingWell Thu 13-Nov-14 20:33:12

I'm so sorry for your loss. thanks

I miscarried when I was 19 (had been with my then boyfriend a couple of years, and was an accidental pregnancy). My dad came home to find me lay sobbing in my mums lap. She told him that I had been pregnant, but that I'd lost the baby. He looked straight at me and said, "oh. So are we looking at this as a good thing or a bad thing?"

Some people just don't have any tact. Don't feel that you need to reply politely.

3littlebadgers Thu 13-Nov-14 20:35:37

I'm so sorry you are going through this, it is just horrible and unfair and you have every right to be emotional. People don't know what to say, they want to help you, but don't realise that actually just acknowledging your grief and your shock is proberbly the most helpful thing to do. thanks

mineallmine Thu 13-Nov-14 20:42:19

I'm so sorry. People are stupid and for many, unless they've walked in your shoes, they just don't get it. x

ZingOfSeven Thu 13-Nov-14 20:49:08

oh sweetheart I'm so sorry for your loss.
big hugs to both you and your DHthanks

Dye2014 Fri 14-Nov-14 00:08:59

Thanks all. I've had some great texts. Best from my brother "shit"

grin. I appreciate that. No apology just the damn truth. It is shit.

Happypogostick Fri 14-Nov-14 00:21:50

I am so sorry about your baby.

Some people are fortunate not to have a clue what they are talking about. The things you mention are hurtful.

I agree, don't feel you need to be polite.

Life is hard enough without these comments.

Dye2014 Fri 14-Nov-14 00:28:14

The worst was actually from my cousin whose wife went through IVF shock

He uttered the sentence in the op.

He's not a dick but honestly what a stupid thing to say.

bakingtins Fri 14-Nov-14 08:23:17

Your brother had it right, it is shit. I'm sorry you are gong through it. People are trying to make it better by finding an "at least" but it really doesn't help. There's a great film on YouTube illustrating exactly this point called RSA shorts - The power of empathy.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Fri 14-Nov-14 08:27:43

My mum said about my MC "ahh well, you are young and you do already have dd"

Oh. Ok. I'll just tell my emotions to buck their ideas up then shall i?

Sorry for your loss, OP. Take care and rest up x

ouryve Fri 14-Nov-14 08:28:10

Your brother sums it up, so well flowers

ZingOfSeven Fri 14-Nov-14 08:39:19


snap. my MC was my 5th pg.
I heard from "oh well, lucky you already have kids" through "maybe it's Nature's way of telling you to stop" to "it's not a big deal - loads of women have MCs"

but by far the worst was when in tears and total shock I told my best friend we lost the baby and sge replied "oh I'm actually happy for you, I was so worried how you'd cope with five"
she is no longer my best friend

ThinkIveBeenHacked Fri 14-Nov-14 08:42:15

sad Zing

Dye2014 Fri 14-Nov-14 09:48:46

Oh my goodness - there's the winner. Bloody hell zing sad

mineallmine Fri 14-Nov-14 10:43:37

bakingtins That's a great film and I can think of many many people I'd like to show it to - I had lots of failed IVFs and heard 'At least you have ds, lots of people would love to be in your shoes' constantly, and mostly from my mother who thought she was helping. It took me lots of counselling to be able to allow myself to think, no I'm not bloody lucky actually so fuck right off with your 'at least.'

zing Holy cow! How could anyone be that fucking stupid.

Dye2014, hope you're feeling as ok as you can be and that your other children are giving you loads of hugs and kisses.

PacificDogwood Fri 14-Nov-14 10:45:56

It IS shit - so sorry you are having to deal with this thanks

Doobledootch Fri 14-Nov-14 10:52:15

Sorry for your loss Dye2014 and a big hug, some people just really don't know when to keep their thoughts to themselves.

I've also just had a miscarriage, it was also an accidental pregnancy and we're unlikely to deliberately try again, it is totally shit.

I can't even bring myself to talk about it with anyone because I know they'd just think it was a good thing because in terms of everything else going on in our lives at the moment the timing was so ridiculous.

Only1scoop Fri 14-Nov-14 10:52:36

So so sorry Op and yes 'shit' says it all I get that simplistic answers just sum it up....

We lost just before last Christmas at 17 weeks...."so sorry but could have been far know what I mean"hmm

Now "shit" I can relate to.

SignoraStronza Fri 14-Nov-14 10:53:30

Sorry for your loss Dye. When I mentioned to my mum that I'd had a mc, her response was to tell me she thought I was going to lose a bit of weight first and anyway, where would we put/how could we afford a third?

When I called my father to ask for a bit of advice about how to support dd1 academically (ex teacher) he asked me why I would want another one if I couldn't handle the ones I'd got. confused

Needless say, my parents only found out when they noticed at about 20 weeks, at which point my mother congratulated me.hmm I refused point blank to discuss the pregnancy and didn't accept any offer of help after the birth.

Thankfully my mil is ace!

GuybrushThreepwoodMP Fri 14-Nov-14 12:26:40

So sorry you're going through this. It's shit.
I am about to miscarry but haven't yet. I'm waiting. A couple of people have said to me "Maybe the scan was wrong and it'll be fine." No. No, it won't be. I'm not deluded. It's so unhelpful to try and give me some hope when I'm trying to accept what has happened and prepare for what is about to happen.
I guess it's all kindly meant though. There isn't any right thing to say.

ZingOfSeven Fri 14-Nov-14 12:56:59


sorry, wasn't trying to "trump" your pain and hurt, but I just couldn't stop myself.
people's stupidity knows no end.sad
as if loosing a baby wasn't bad enough, you have to deal with all the awful comments too.angry

sadly it's crap no matter how and when it happens. thanks thanks

ZingOfSeven Fri 14-Nov-14 12:59:20


sad so sorry as well.

big hugs to all who have lost precious little babies.thanks

Dye2014 Fri 14-Nov-14 13:49:08

Yeah big hugs all round. This thread is actually really helpful. X

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