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Miss Manners by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin

Pregnant Woman Does Not Want Her Stomach Touched

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am currently 14 weeks pregnant. I know I will start to show soon, and a few of my co-workers have already tried to touch my stomach. I have heard horror stories of pregnant women being touched by complete strangers in public.

What is a polite way to explain to a stranger that I don't want my stomach touched in a way that educates them so they don't try touching the next pregnant person they see?

GENTLE READER: Scream.

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