It’s fine if not everyone wants to have children, but we should be really careful with what we say about it because it’s a sensitive subject.

The Original Poster (OP) took it to the forum, and asked “Am I wrong for making a joke when my friend told me she was pregnant?”. We want to know from you.


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OP’s friend, Alice, and her husband have been trying for a baby for about three years. OP doesn’t have kids, and that has never caused a problem in her relationship with Alice.


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They often joked about this difference, with OP telling her that she’d miss all the disposable income when she’d have kids and her comparing OP’s dog to a human kid. Neither of them got offended with these jokes, and it was all in good fun.


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A few days ago, Alice, OP, and a few other friends went out to have lunch.


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While having lunch, Alice announced that she was pregnant.


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While everyone else congratulated Alice, OP jokingly said, “I’m so sorry. Let me know if you need a ride to the clinic.”


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After OP’s remark, Alice snapped and called OP insensitive. 


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OP told her that she was joking, but Alice wouldn’t hear it and she ended up leaving. Alice hasn’t responded to any of OP’s texts and calls ever since.


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Their other friends are staying out of it and don’t want to give their opinions on this matter.


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OP understood that her comment would come off as rude if she said it to a stranger, but Alice was supposed to know her better and this is how they joke with each other.

OP is confused if she was being insensitive or Alice was being too sensitive. Now OP wants to know if what he did was wrong.


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“Not everything is a joke. She has tried for a baby for years and you couldn’t give her a moment of earnest support and congratulations?”, said one user.


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“That’s a time where you’re supposed to support and be happy for your friend, not make a lame joke.”, said another user. 

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