I've had my fair share of awkward encounters during my three pregnancies, from strangers telling me I'm huge to friends saying they "absolutely hate" the names my husband and I picked out for our babies. Heck, I even had a waitress chide me for ordering a cup of tea because the caffeine could cause me to miscarry. I always want to grab these people, shake some sense into them, and tell them to quit being so rude.
But of course, I don't, and that's good, according to etiquette expert Peggy Post, co-director of the Emily Post Institute, in Burlington, Vermont. "Never handle rude behavior by being rude yourself," she says. "It just makes the situation worse." To help you navigate uncomfortable situations, we've asked experts for their advice.