鈥淪o, when are you having a baby?鈥 Um, if you hear this question one more time, you might just start toting around an American Girl doll in a Snugli to keep the inquisition at bay. It鈥檚 not that your friends and family are trying to add insult to infertility. They just don鈥檛 know (or understand) that you鈥檙e struggling to conceive. If you鈥檙e at a loss when it comes to dealing with conception questions, check out these easy answers that will get you off the hook without offending your besties. Hint: A subtle touch of playful sarcasm (in a wink-wink-nudge-nudge style) goes a long way and lets your friend/family member know that it鈥檚 time to back off.

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1. 鈥淪orry, my crystal ball is broken.鈥 Okay, hold back on the heavy eye-rolling with this one. It鈥檚 a simple, silly answer to a question that you clearly can鈥檛 answer. Even if you have an IVF appointment set up for Friday at 9:15am, you don鈥檛 know if it will work out (even though you鈥檝e got your fingers crossed that it鈥檚 baby time). You can鈥檛 predict the future, and this kind of comic response lets everyone know it.

2. 鈥淲e鈥檒l be sure to let you know 鈥 right away.鈥 It鈥檚 the fourth time that your cousin has called you, asking if you鈥檙e pregnant yet. Exactly two weeks, three days and 11 hours ago she watched that little window turn from a blank canvas to a pretty pink plus sign. And now she wants everyone in her world to be pregnant along with her. She means well, but the constant line of questioning is making you want to block her number from your phone. A simple, 鈥淚鈥檒l text you the moment I find out鈥 is enough to hold her off. At least for now.

3. 鈥淣ot yet.鈥 Two words. Sometimes that鈥檚 all you need to answer, 鈥淲hen are you going to get pregnant?鈥 Hey, it鈥檚 the truth. Right? Whether you鈥檙e in the middle of IVF or are spending a few more months trying the natural route, you鈥檙e trying. It just hasn鈥檛 happened 鈥 yet.

4. 鈥淲ell, not right now.鈥 As in, not this very moment. It鈥檚 the zillionth time someone has asked when you鈥檙e going to add on to your family. While you鈥檙e all in for sharing your road to conception story with close friends, your sister-in-law and your own mom, you鈥檙e not really ready to give the infertility info to the lady who lives down the street (what was her name?) or the woman from the tech department who you sat next to one time during the company鈥檚 holiday brunch. Toss in some humor and jokingly reply to, 鈥淲hen are we going to see a precious little baby from you?鈥 with something along the lines of, 鈥淣ot this very second.鈥 You can even add in an extra humor punch with, 鈥淎nd no, my water didn鈥檛 just break. I spilled some of my gin and tonic!鈥

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5. 鈥淲hen the stork flies down my chimney and drops one off.鈥 Yes, it鈥檚 super sarcastic. But, it does the trick while leaving your somewhat nosy friend, co-worker or family member giggling.

6. 鈥淲e鈥檙e working on it.鈥 There may be times when you actually want to share your story. Maybe it鈥檚 your sister who鈥檚 doing the asking or a very close friend. When the question isn鈥檛 coming from an intrusive angle, it鈥檚 not an entirely bad idea to consider filling in some of the details. A caring BFF is asking because she wants to help (or, at least, wants to give you a shoulder to cry on).

7. Pretend like you didn鈥檛 hear the question. This is the non-answer option. You鈥檙e sick and tired of everyone pressing the issue. You鈥檙e about to lose it, and know that you鈥檒l feel absolutely miserable if you freak out and start screaming, 鈥淣ever! I feel like I鈥檒l never have a baby. And thanks a lot for bringing it up!鈥 So, brush it off and start a new conversation topic. You鈥檒l use this tactic (redirection) in a few years when your tantruming toddler won鈥檛 stop asking for a cookie, even though dinner is in five minutes.

What鈥檚 your favorite, 鈥淲hen are you getting pregnant?鈥 response? Share your answer and tweet us @BritandCo!

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