This user found out she was pregnant after her older sister had a miscarriage. She hid it and went to a party for her sister, who questioned why she wasn’t drinking and discovered the truth.
A Family Tragedy
OP (Original Poster) is a 22-year-old woman named Kayla with a 25-year-old sister named Lia.
Lia had just suffered a miscarriage, and OP felt guilty about the situation because she had just discovered she was pregnant but hadn’t told anyone.
Keeping a Secret
Due to how guilty OP felt, she had decided to keep her pregnancy secret for as long as she could. She didn’t want to take any attention away from her grieving sister.
A Fateful Party
While it may seem strange to some people, OP’s family was all about having parties when things weren’t going well. They would have parties after funerals, and in this case, a miscarriage, so the family could get together, have fun, and move on from the pain.
A Significant Issue
The problem with this party was that there would be alcohol there, and OP still hadn’t told anyone she was pregnant. Still, OP decided to go to the party anyway to support her older sister.
What Is Going On?
Everything had been going great at the party, but OP was drawing attention because she had a reputation for enjoying a drink. Her friends and family had noticed that she wasn’t drinking and had started giving her strange looks.
Just Play Cool
OP was giving excuses, and most people there believed her lies.
That was until her sister’s friend, Ash, asked her, “Why aren’t you drinking? Are you pregnant?”
To answer Ash, OP said she had been watching her health. That was when OP’s sister came over with a shot in her hand and said she appreciated OP being there and wanted to take a shot with her.
Cover Is Blown
OP had a feeling that Ash had talked to her sister and told her that OP wasn’t drinking and what her suspicions were. She turned down the drink and told her sister she was happy to be there for her when she needed her.
Not Fooling Anyone
At this point, Lia got teary-eyed and looked down at OP’s belly. She then asked her whether she was attempting to hide her pregnancy from everyone there.
A Deer in Headlights
OP was frozen because she didn’t know how to respond. Her pause confirmed her sister’s suspicion, who immediately burst into tears and demanded to see if she was pregnant, which drew the attention of everyone at the party.
The Truth Is Out
Her sister demanded that she take the shot or tell the truth, so OP decided to tell her sister. OP told her she had hidden the pregnancy so she wouldn’t take attention away from Lia’s pain, but her sister had stopped listening.
Pain and Anger
Lia didn’t care what OP had to say and accused her of coming to the party to “boast about her pregnancy.” Lia claimed that OP always got what she wanted and should’ve never come because she knew there would be drinking and people would find out she was pregnant when she couldn’t.
Keep It Going
OP’s sister kept going, talking about how OP was always seeking more attention. It got so bad that OP’s dad had to step in because Lia was becoming belligerent.
Exit, Stage Right
With the party ruined, OP and her boyfriend decided they should leave. On their way out, they got a few quiet “congrats,” which made OP feel worse about the situation.
Lia had stopped talking to OP after the party, and while OP understood her anger, she had just wanted to be there for her sister.
Unfortunately, a lot of her family sided with Lia because of what she was going through, and even OP’s mom told her she understood but that she shouldn’t have come knowing she was pregnant.
What Redditors Have to Say
The community quickly came to OP’s side, with many calling out Ash’s behavior as the problem.
The top comment even addressed it, saying, “Hardest not the a**hole I can give. Ash wanted to stir drama, and your sister knew before she asked. We all know that. She only pushed it to publicly ‘shame’ you. I can’t imagine the horror of a miscarriage, but like every suffering, it’s not an excuse to act like an a**hole, which your sister did. It was a lose-lose situation, and you did the best you could. I wouldn’t take them siding with her to heart. In all reality, you’d ‘side’ with her, too. She’s hurting, and people want to do whatever they can to support her.”
Another Redditor took it a step further, saying, “Not the a**hole. If anyone is an a**hole here, it’s your sister’s friend. It was not her place to escalate the situation. It’s perfectly fine to attend a social gathering without drinking.”
Strange Social Norms
A lot of Redditors also noted that it was strange that whether or not OP was drinking had such a significant impact on the party.
One said, “Tip for the future: if asked why you aren’t drinking, tell people you have a bad tooth or an ear infection, and you’re taking antibiotics. If they say, ‘Oh, one won’t hurt,’ laugh and say, ‘Yeah, I made that mistake once before, never again!’ For added realism, look up how some antibiotics interact with alcohol and claim those symptoms. Not the a**hole, by the way.”
What do you think about OP going to the party while she was secretly pregnant? Should she have told everyone right away, or was she right to hide she was pregnant?
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This post first appeared as She Attended Her Sister’s Party After Her Miscarriage, Despite Knowing She Couldn’t Drink and People Would Suspect She Was Pregnant. Now Her Sibling Says She’s a “Boastful Attention-Seeker!” on Quote Ambition.