I find it strange that it is considered perfectly acceptable to assume that if a woman of childbearing years claims to be ill, she must actually be pregnant. And that if you think it, you must of course ask her. Now, I'll allow that it may often be true and she may well be pregnant. But if she is, you've just put her in a difficult position. What if it is early and she doesn't want to talk about it? I'm not saying we should return to the days of confinements and never talking EVER about how the baby showed up...but a little privacy might be good, yes?
Having had multiple miscarriages, I find that I want a few weeks of privacy, just to make sure that the pregnancy will "stick". Because if it doesn't, and everyone knows about it, then I have to spend the next month fielding "oh, how are you?" questions. And in the aftermath of a lost pregnancy, even compassion is hard to handle gracefully.
This time everything seems to be going well. Yesterday we had an ultrasound that showed a healthy, properly developing baby. And so now we will share, with joy, the news that we are expecting baby #3 in September!
And for those of you who are thinking "ha, I just knew it!" I'd like to point out that bronchitis isn't generally part of early pregnancy. :)