Baby expo when not pregnant?
, Jan 07 2013 01:20 PM
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:20 PM
There's a baby expo coming to Sydney in May. (http://www.pbcexpo.com.au/sydney/
I want to go, and take my mother-in-law. However I am not pregnant. My husband and I have been trying since late 2011 with no luck so far.
DH says I should go anyway; MIL and I will have fun, and it's good research. Do you think I'm an idiot if I go to a baby expo when I'm not actually expecting? I'm hoping I will be by then and this will all be moot. I'd love some opinions.
Edited by JessicaViolet88, 07 January 2013 - 01:22 PM.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:23 PM
I started buying baby clothes at least 12 months before even TTC.
As long as it doesn't upset you, I don't see the harm.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:28 PM
I think the question you have to consider is:
If you are NOT pregnant by then, will you still think it is fun,exciting, interesting....or will it upset you?
May is only 4 months away, so I imagine how you are feeling about your TTC journey now will be a good guide. For example:
- When friends announce they are pregnant - are you just plain thrilled for them? or are you thrilled for them and sad for you at the same time?
- When you walk around the shopping malls - do you get upset about how many bumps/prams you see?
If you are still feeling pretty balanced and happy and philosophical about the whole thing, then I would go for it. If on the other hand, you are starting to get down about it...you have to weigh up the risk that you will actually find it upsetting.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:29 PM
My sil had four miscarriages in a row and could not resist buying lovely cheap baby clothes on a USA trip.
Her DH was hesitant but it let her stay in a positive mind frame.
She is a 'glass half full' sort of person.
She went on to give birth to her first child st the end of the same year of the trip.
So yeah op go if you feel you will enjoy it.
I imagine there would also be fertility displays ect as well?
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:34 PM
I think if you are happy to go then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I bought baby stuff before I even met my DH
Go and enjoy.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:37 PM
Go for it! there will be women in all different stages of life there, I doubt anybody would look at you with any confusion, you are a woman, and it is a women's issue
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:37 PM
I say go, they are lots of fun and you might be too busy to make the next one
Just don't get sucked into buying too much, your tastes and parenting ideas might change heaps before you have your baby.
Edited by MrsLightyear, 07 January 2013 - 01:40 PM.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:39 PM
So long as it's not distressing to you, then why not? You can always say you are thinking ahead and gathering ideas before there is any pressure
I love baby clothes and toys and lotions and decorations and...squee! Don't need a baby to enjoy it, hey?
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:43 PM
If you are not pregnant by then but you still feel happy and excited to go I see why not go and explore.
Doesn't hurt to see what products are out there for when you do have a bub.
Best of luck for your TTC journey, I hope it happens for you soon!
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:50 PM
Just be prepared to be asked a hundred times"When are you due" as I'm sure that'll be a very common question.
I went to a wedding expo once and was asked a hundred times when my wedding was going to be. I'm sure it'll be a similar thing.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:52 PM
I think I would enjoy it more not pregnant, I found pregnancy very stressful so enjoy any part of it you can!
Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:54 PM
I bought baby things and books and stuff before we were even TTC. Really wanted to start but needed to lose a lot of weight first. I say go for it so long as you don't think it will upset you. If you're asked when are you due you can just say 'you're here with a friend' or 'after something for a friend'.
Edited by Bubble11, 07 January 2013 - 02:09 PM.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:01 PM
I went to one when I wasn't pregnant and generally it is all aimed at parenting but I actually found it interesting to see what options were out there.
We had been trying for so e time and generally pregnant women upset me but going there didn't bother me at all.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:04 PM
Now I am tempted to go road tripping to a baby expo. I would go if you don't get upset over the TTC thing, and yes, you will be asked A LOT when you are due.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:18 PM
Thanks for your replies everyone
I am still in a positive frame of mind, I have a little cry every month but on the whole I'm pretty glass half full. I'm excited when friends announce their pregnancies. I do think it will happen for me eventually.
It actually didn't occur to me that people there will ask if I'm due... I think I'll see how I'm feeling in May and if it feels like it will be too much then I won't go. It looks fun at this stage though, I want to check out all the stalls! I just don't want to feel like a phony or get upset seeing everything/all the bumps. I guess we'll see.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:20 PM
I agree, if you're ok with being around all things baby, go for it!
Don't forget to sign up for your free ticket too, and be prepared, it's generally super noisy and you will have never seen so many prams in any one place at any one time!
Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:36 PM
If you want to go - go!
Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:45 PM
Just thought i would add that our local swimming centre had free entry tickets to the expo. so keep an eye out at places that cater to kids. might as well get in for nothing
Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:47 PM
I wouldn't worry what other people think. Do what you want. I personally couldn't do it after going through a miscarriage but if I was up for it I was invited to join my friends last year.
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