“What are you doing to get pregnant?”

One day one of our co-workers treats us to dinner after work. The reason? He recently became a father and it’s tradition in China to treat your friends and co-workers to a nice big meal once your child is 100 days old.

When we finish with the food, one female co-worker asks another female co-worker who is trying to get pregnant: “Are you pregnant yet?”
B: “No, not yet.”
A: “What are you doing in order to support getting pregnant?
B: “I try to sleep well, rest enough and eat well.”
A: “I’d like to get pregnant in the next two years, but right now I’m working overtime every single day, I really don’t get to sleep enough.” She then goes on: “A friend of mine tried to get pregnant, guess how long it took her to get pregnant – three years!”
B: “Yeah, it can’t be forced, so we try to not think about it all of the time.”

Most of my co-workers are only a little older than me. Last year was the year where everyone in my company got married (well, maybe not everyone, but there were quite a few people who did say yes), so maybe this year everyone will get pregnant? After all, many of my female co-workers are going to turn 30 soon and people here say that a women’s ovaries are at their best between the age of 25 and 30.

I’ve written this post quite a while ago and sure enough there are currently three females in my company who are pregnant (including the two who were talking about getting pregnant on that one day) and two of them are scheduled to give birth in the upcoming two weeks.

Have you ever heard Chinese people talk about pregnancy? What did they say? I’d love to read your stories.

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6 thoughts on ““What are you doing to get pregnant?”

  1. Ha, reminds me of my old workplace, where all of the women were talking about similar things. One gal talked about how she was “studying how to get pregnant” which is a play on words in Chinese (研究怎么生). Since she got pregnant not long after that, looks like she “graduated”. 😉

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    • That’s funny. With so many women in their late 20s or early 30s, this seems to be a quite popular topic in our company too. They even got their own room (which is great since some people do unfortunately smoke in the office).

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  2. 100 day old baby celebration? That sounds like fun.
    In my hometown, people usually celebrate it when the baby is one-month-old (we call it Mua-guek).
    The thing is, the celebration does not involving a dinner with friends and neighbors. The parents send out lots of boxes containing food with good symbolism to their relatives and friends. 😀

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