Sometimes the end of a friendship can hurt more than the demise of a romantic relationship. We kind of expect certain dating experiences to run their course. We keep trying partners until we find our lobsters. Friendships, on the other hand, are supposed to stand the test of time. Thanks to social media it's easy to keep up with people who are no longer in our lives, and I think most of us have mixed feelings when we see their milestones. So it's safe to say you'll experience certain feelings when you find out an ex-friend is pregnant.
I've experienced exactly three friendship break-ups. In each of those cases, I became very close to a woman in a very short amount of time. We were inseparable, and I loved them like sisters. These relationships ended for different reasons: over a guy neither of us ended up with, over a grudge, and over nothing that I can tell — she just slowly faded away and then deleted me from Facebook. Sometimes, that's just what happens when you grow up: you grow apart and, eventually, grow into completely different people with completely different, separate lives.
Still, whether I see my former friends' announcements on my newsfeed or am faced with their pregnant bellies at a mutual friend's wedding, I'm flooded with emotions. Those feelings run the gamut, but at the end of the day I wish my ex-friends, who were such an important part of my life, and their babies all the best. I hope they feel the same about me.