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10 Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

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"Can I Rub Your Belly?"

Hey! That's someone's stomach, not a good luck charm.
Hey! That's someone's stomach, not a good luck charm.
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At least you asked. Did you know that most people don't? It's time to go against the grain and refrain from laying hands on burgeoning bellies. We know those taut tummies bursting with baby are tempting to rub, but moms-to-be are understandably protective. If you wouldn't walk up to a woman and rub her belly sans pregnancy, we're pretty sure you shouldn't be doing it if she is expecting. So don't be surprised if she tells you "no," blocks your hand or takes a step backward.

Don't get us wrong. Most pregnant women would be more than happy if you shared their joy. They'd just like you to do it without entering their restricted air space. Particularly if they barely know you.

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