Post # 1
I’m 10 weeks pregnant, in the UK and following the gov’s advice and self isolating (much easier now my place of work has decided I can work from home)
However I haven’t told all my friends that I’m pregnant yet and they know enough about me that there isn’t a reason to medically isolate
I’ve said I have a temperature but that only works for so long…
We have our dating scan in a fortnight.
What do I do? What do I say?
Post # 2
I mean I think now is the best time to have a built in excuse. Just because you dont feel you’re at risk doesn’t mean you wouldn’t pass it in to someone who is at risk. People shouldn’t be hanging out right now anyway. It’s one thing to gather for important meetings and necessary things…but getting together for the sake of getting together is silly right now.
Post # 3
What are they asking you or suspicious of? Shouldn’t everyone be staying at home now, only leaving when necessary and no socially meeting up. I would’ve thought this is the easiest time ever to get away with hiding a pregnancy…
Post # 4
I think you’re overthinking this. I’m pregnant too, so I know how hard it is to keep the good news to yourself, and how it’s the first thing in your mind. But the truth is, it’s not the first thing on everyone else’s mind, especially right now. You’re self isolating because it’s been encouraged. I don’t even think anyone will ask why you’re working from home. You’re just following the government and CDC’s advise to stay inside and isolated if at all possible.
Post # 5
The UK has been a bit behind the curve in their response so if you’re pregnant, you especially should be following the guidelines of one of the countries with a more rigorous response in place.
What do you do? Stay in your house. What do you say? Tell your friends “I’m staying in my house.”
And stop telling people you have a temperature during a global pandemic where one of the signs of the illness is a temperature.
Post # 6
The reason I did say I have a temperature is that I was sent home from work (I’m a teacher) before the schools shut by my line manager as the advice regarding pregnancy came out before the schools closed and I needed a reason for why I was home early.
Some of our friends are WFH and are practising social isolating but many are in key worker positions so are still at work and are treating the whole thing rather casually…
Eg I’ve been getting quite a lot of messages today still suggesting meeting up! UK is still permitting groups of 5 quite happily
Post # 7
The advice is to avoid all social contact whether you are actually isolating or not, plus with everyone closing there isn’t really anywhere to go so I don’t think you have to tell them now if you would prefer not to.
Post # 8
It’s ‘permitted’ but advised against. All my friends are avoiding any unnecessary contact. I don’t think you need to say you’re pregnant. Government advice is not to meet up so just tell them you’re following government advice (and they should too).
Post # 9
You don’t need to tell them you’re pregnant, but you do need to tell them they’re endangering the lives of everyone if they don’t stay home. Social isolation doesn’t mean groups of 5 friends meeting up to play board games, especially when young and healthy people can be asymptomatic. It means going to work if you must, and staying home with only the people who live in your home.
Really, all you need to do is tell them you can’t hang out because you are taking this seriously. If they give you a hard time, they are both ignorant and jerks.
Post # 10
we should all be socially distancing so just tell people you are going to tuck up at home as you don’t want to get sick
Post # 11
“Sorry, I’m not comfortable with that. That’s part of what got other countries to where they are, and it will only be a short time until we have school cancelled and are required to self-isiolate, too.”
Post # 12
Just say you are socially isolating to be responsible and protect other people. I’m also early stage pregnant, and while that has me concerned, its not why I am socially isolating. I’m isolating because I believe I have a responsibility not to be a vector that might carry the disease to vulnerable people. So I can completley honestly give that as an explanation (and indeed the three other peopel with whom I am isoalting are NOT pregnant, and are acting exactly as I am, for the same reason.)
Post # 13
Nobody should be catching up with their friends right now. They should be staying at home.
Post # 14
Another vote for you don’t have to tell them anything, because no one should be handing out with anyone other than who you currently live with right now.
Post # 15
It doesn’t matter what the official recommendation is, or what your friends are doing, any rational person is self isolating. No other reason needed.