Our expert says:
As you've noticed, pregnancy isn't something that can be kept secret for long. Far better that you be a real sister than a perfect sister ( perfection is often not useful, and makes people uneasy ). Hard to know for sure how your mom will respond --- sometimes they can surprise you in a nice way.
But what worrries me is that it sounds as though you are all in denial, pretending that this isn'tm happening. You need to talk about the baby, and plan for how she is going to look after it. She needs to take her f9olic acid tablets --- why on earth not take them ? You're right that there's no point in making a huge fuss about the mistake she made ( though if she tries to ignore it she would be at risk of repeating it ) ; but you all need to face facts, and speak about what's happing. None of you can cope with something which you are pretending isn't happening. You need to sit down quietly with her and talk through all of this. If you dont talk about it, you don't know what she needs, and don't know how to be helpful
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