How do you congratulate a pregnant woman

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  1. 22.08.2014, 05:26#1

    Congratulations on pregnancy?

    A colleague told us yesterday that she was pregnant. And most of them promptly congratulated her. Somehow I find that strange. I'm happy for her and always find it great when someone wants to bring a child into the world. But what are you congratulating for? To the successful fertilization? Are my thoughts now completely absurd? how do you see it?

  2. 22.08.2014, 06:41#2

    Re: Congratulations on pregnancy?

    Quote by Marie Browning
    A colleague told us yesterday that she was pregnant. And most of them promptly congratulated her. Somehow I find that strange. I'm happy for her and always find it great when someone wants to bring a child into the world. But what are you congratulating for? To the successful fertilization? Are my thoughts now completely absurd? how do you see it?
    I see it the same way. When someone tells me about their pregnancy, I say I'm happy or something. It depends on the situation. Could also have been an accident. ;-)
    Congratulations on the birth!

  3. 22.08.2014, 06:51#3

    Re: Congratulations on pregnancy?

    What do you mean by congratulation?

    For me it would be: shaking hands / hugging and saying "congratulations" or "all the best for pregnancy". I find (if I assume that she is happy about the offspring) a suitable reaction.

    I don't necessarily do that privately either, I tend to say that I'm happy for the person and then they discuss who already knows how far the pregnancy has progressed, etc.

    Quote by Marie Browning
    A colleague told us yesterday that she was pregnant. And most of them promptly congratulated her. Somehow I find that strange. I'm happy for her and always find it great when someone wants to bring a child into the world. But what are you congratulating for? To the successful fertilization? Are my thoughts now completely absurd? how do you see it?

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  6. 22.08.2014, 07:32#6
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    Re: Congratulations on pregnancy?

    Quote by Marie Browning
    A colleague told us yesterday that she was pregnant. And most of them promptly congratulated her. Somehow I find that strange. I'm happy for her and always find it great when someone wants to bring a child into the world. But what are you congratulating for? To the successful fertilization? Are my thoughts now completely absurd? how do you see it?
    I think that's completely ok.
    whether you explicitly say 'congratulations' or congratulate indirectly by expressing differently that you like 'the news is great' or 'you are happy' (whatever), it doesn't make a big difference to me - for me both is one (more or less, depending on the) honest, polite, nice (etc.) reaction to a good news (of course only if the pregnancy is wanted) ).
    people assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly ... timey-wimey ... stuff.

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  8. 22.08.2014, 08:26#8

    Re: Congratulations on pregnancy?

    Quote by Marie Browning
    For me it is very explicitly about the "Congratulations." It may be nitpicking, but I find it kind of strange.
    It's similar to me, but it also depends on the situation. Someone who assumed that they would not be able to get pregnant (but will, I congratulated. Otherwise I will wind up with it, be happy and wish all the best for the coming time.

  9. 22.08.2014, 08:27#9
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    Re: Congratulations on pregnancy?

    Quote by Marie Browning
    A colleague told us yesterday that she was pregnant. And most of them promptly congratulated her. Somehow I find that strange. I'm happy for her and always find it great when someone wants to bring a child into the world. But what are you congratulating for? To the successful fertilization? Are my thoughts now completely absurd? how do you see it?
    Look, I'm not alone there. I also find it strange to congratulate on pregnancy. I don't do either.
    "How nice .... I'm happy for you ....... you are fine ........." I'll say something like that. But "congratulations on successful reproduction"? No, I think that's weird.

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