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    Seeing as youre not yet preg or even trying yet id possibly hold your horses on telling the housemates.

    You dont know how long it might take you to be pregnant and even once you are and tell the housemates they still have over 6mths to find new accommodation which is a very generous period of notice.

    To answer the OP no i wouldnt want to have flatmates in that set up with a newborn.

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    Yeah, we were wondering if we should talk to them when we start trying or later when we're actually pregnant. I don't want them to feel cornered by a sudden announcement, but I guess that as long as we all have at least 6 months to get organised, it shouldn't be a problem.
    My partner and I will have to start looking for a place quite early though, if we're the ones who move out. We've got 2 dogs and 4 chickens so finding the right place might take some time

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    you have no obligation really to inform anyone of something as personal
    as trying to conceive. as others have suggested, I'd hold off on saying anything until you're pregnant and past the 12w mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    you have no obligation really to inform anyone of something as personal
    as trying to conceive. as others have suggested, I'd hold off on saying anything until you're pregnant and past the 12w mark
    You may not have an obligation but when share housing it would be nice to know. If an opportunity arose for one of the others to move out and they passed on it then discovered you were pregnant they might be really peeved. Depending on how close you are to them it may or may not be appropriate to keep this from them.

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    Slightly off topic, but do you all remember a member who had a Greek user name (aynon) (or something??!?) anyway, she was at uni and she lived in a share house, she had her baby in the share house..

    It might be difficult, but doable.

    Ftr, I'd only do it if I had a large bedroom and an ensuite. Waking up in the morning and finding I'd bled through my pad, my boobs had leaked everywhere and then finding my housemate was in the shower where I needed to be would not work for me..

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    @preggasaurus I think she's back under a different name. Hopefully she sees this thread :-)

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    I've just read some of PP's comments about life with a newborn. TBH that stuff didn't bother me (having boobs out, looking like cr@p, baby's crying bothering the housemates etc).
    What bothered me was the usual house sharing stuff that was amplified because of hormones. So if someone didn't do their chores on time. Mess in the kitchen when I finally got 5 seconds to grab myself some food. No food left when I finally went to grab myself some food.

    But the number one reason I hated it? Pacing the hallways all day and night long with an unsettled baby... while my housemate and the new boyfie had noisy sex every minute of the day and night! OMG it was AWFUL. It got so bad I even had to talk to them about it, which was super awkward, but I was willing to have the awkward chat in order to fix the problem... except it didn't fix the problem! Ick. As if me losing my mind from sleep deprivation and an unsettled baby wasn't bad enough, I had to do it while listening to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    You may not have an obligation but when share housing it would be nice to know. If an opportunity arose for one of the others to move out and they passed on it then discovered you were pregnant they might be really peeved. Depending on how close you are to them it may or may not be appropriate to keep this from them.
    agree but I probably wouldn't frame it like "we're going to start trying for a baby". I'd be inclined to hint at it in more generic terms eg: we're looking to move forward with our relationship and lives and that probably means we'll no longer be looking to live in a share house arrangement. that way the housemate is on notice and can grab an opportunity that may arise, but you've not laid all your cards on the table. I guess it depends on the relationship with the housemate too. if you're close, you may feel comfortable disclosing such personal info. I'm very private though, I'd prefer to keep things like that to myself.

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    And another potential downside is as hard as you try baby stuff will clutter up and take over the whole house. Baby swing/rocker in the lounge, dummies and/or bottles, stroller, toys and clothes you have been given, nappies, baby wraps everywhere, baby bath in the bathroom....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    And another potential downside is as hard as you try baby stuff will clutter up and take over the whole house. Baby swing/rocker in the lounge, dummies and/or bottles, stroller, toys and clothes you have been given, nappies, baby wraps everywhere, baby bath in the bathroom....
    hadn't even thought of that!

    if you end up using bottles, you'll probably also be really funny about nobody touching the sterilized bottles and in a share house, it's hard to keep things clean and organized. you don't want oafish housemates and their friends touching sterilized bottles or expressing equipment etc

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