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Dealing with Nosy Relatives

One of the healthiest habits you can develop during pregnancy is the ability to say "No." It comes in handy when you have a newborn too. "No, you can't hold the baby because you have a cold." "No, I can't help out with the church picnic four weeks after giving birth." "No, the baby's head is not a funny shape." You get the idea.

Practice saying no to any relatives or in-laws -- or neighbors, for that matter -- who ask you questions that you'd rather not answer. It's perfectly fine to say, "No, I haven't decided whether I'll go back to my job." "No, we haven't chosen a name for the baby." "No, you can't put your hands all over my belly."

You have a right to decide what information to share and what to withhold. And you don't owe people a long explanation about why you're saying no. Take the baby's name, for instance: If you want to tell everyone what name you've chosen, that's fine. But you don't have to; nor do you have to answer questions about medical test results, health problems, your baby's gender, or how much weight you've gained.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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