woman touching pregnant belly personal spaceQuestion: Now that I’m a little further along in my pregnancy, my belly has started to show. It seems like everyone from friends, co-workers, and even strangers come up to me and rub my belly without even asking! I’m uncomfortable with it…any tips on how to get them to respect my personal space?!

Answer: Even though touching a pregnant belly may be irresistible to some, it’s inappropriate (especially without your permission!) Since all this uninviting rubbing is annoying you, don’t hesitate to say so. You can say frankly (and politely): “I know you find my belly tempting to touch, but I’d really rather you didn’t.” Or, you can try a role reversal and rub the person back (“How do you like it?” This should make him or her think twice the next time before reaching out and touching a pregnant belly without permission!