Dealing with Nosy Relatives

Navigating a web of nosy relatives can be one of the most frustrating parts of pregnancy.

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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