I'm not showing yet, but the idea of people touching my belly in the future freaks me out. Is there a way to handle unwanted touching (without being rude)?

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You’re going to learn to get really good at turning your body when someone comes near you. Until society as a whole learns the concept of personal space this will keep happening.

I’ve politely said oh I’d rather not be touched right now- she’s rambunctious enough in there on her own and then moved into a different conversation

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It’s never rude for you to express your wants!!!

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Following. My mom did this to me this weekend and it was honestly a little uncomfortable even though it was just my mom. Can't imagine how uncomfortable this will be on a broader scale.

honesty. If the hand comes towards you, saying, “oh, that’s a bit startling!”
I’ve found women about 15 years older than me are some of the biggest offenders.
The empathy and joy of remembering the pregnancy days just jumps out faster than their common sense

Be firm and polite! “Oh, please don’t touch my belly” and then pivot to another topic so there’s no awkward silence.

Yikes had no idea to expect this behavior 🙈🙈

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