[name_m]Hi[/name_m] everyone, I wanted to come on here and ask for some advice or support with a situation that happened recently. Sorry if it’s a bit of a rant but I’m an emotional pregnant women lol.
I’m currently 23 weeks pregnant with my first. I am pretty young (20) and my boyfriend and I are the first in both of our families and friends to have children. When I found out I was pregnant I was super excited, I have an abnormality in my uterus which made me worried I wouldn’t be able to conceive.
Anyways, to get to the part I’m struggling with. We just found out one of his friend is 19 weeks pregnant, they had no idea until a few days ago when they found out at the doctor. I began to feel resentful and upset about it. Throughout my pregnancy my boyfriend and I have had struggles (moving out, getting jobs, college, pregnancy complications) and I was proud of us for being able to work past them. I felt special for being the first and only pregnant person in our large group of friends. I was especially proud of myself because at the beginning my boyfriend and I didn’t live together so I had to take care of myself, including when the doctor told me I had a condition that might affect my baby.
Now I just feel less special and I feel like our accomplishments aren’t as great. Her due date is so close to mine, (not to mention it’s actually on my boyfriends birthday!) she could end up giving birth before I do. I’m upset that I had to agonize the first 12 weeks over whether I would have a miscarriage (we didn’t tell anyone until 15 weeks because of this worry) and she just got to skip over it all. I resent them for having it all come so east when I had it so hard. I just feel like everything has been flipped on it’s head and I’m so conflicted. I know that it’s unreasonable to be upset that someone else is pregnant and I don’t want to feel this way, but I just can’t help being sad and thinking it’s less special for me.
I also just dislike these friends, they’re my boyfriends close friends but I’m not close with them. I don’t agree with their lifestyle and I thought that they’d be a negative influence on our child. Now that she found out she’s pregnant she’s been trying to connect with me. She is messaging me about how we can watch each others babies and be each others “village”. I don’t want to be close with her and I don’t want her to be close with my baby, but I can’t say that without being the bad guy.
I don’t know what to do. I’m upset because I feel almost like my thunder was stolen and I don’t want to share my pregnancy journey with these people, but I also understand that it’s dumb to be upset that someone else is pregnant. Has anyone else been through something like this? I would love any support or advice anyone can offer me.