(Closed) Uncomfortable situation with my MIL

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1800 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I feel very uncomfortable when this happens to me as well, regardless of who it is.  Since when is it ok to rub me? I usually simply say “I am sorry but that makes me feel uncomfortable”.  It’s feels a bit strange to be so upfront but it really is the only way to stop it.  Sometimes I will say something like “I am sorry but this makes me feel uncomfortable, but when he is moving you can feel him kick if you like” but I ony reserve that for people who I feel comfortable with obviously. 

Post # 3
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I also hate when people touch my stomach but I usually just bask in my uncomfortableness and let it slide. The joys of being pregnant.

Post # 4
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I didn’t like this type of touching from anyone but my sons father while I was pregnant. It really freaked me out that total strangers thought this was appropriate simply bc I was pregnant. If it makes you uncomfortable let her know and stop the behavior. She needs to respect your boundaries.

Post # 5
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think one of the maternity shirts that says “If you didnt put it there, dont touch it” would be appropriate. Just because it is her grandbaby doesnt mean touching you is okay.

Post # 6
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Just say: oh I’m really sorry but my skin is a bit sensitive. 😂

Post # 7
2715 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

“Please don’t touch my stomach, it makes me very uncomfortable.” The next time she tries, “I asked you not to do that. This visit is over.” And then leave immediately. Set boundaries now, and be very clear about her interactions with bub once he/she is born – I’d bet my left arm she’ll try to grab him/her out of your arms as soon as she can, every time you see her, so you may want to think about always having bub in a sling or carrier around her.

Post # 8
6540 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

“I wouldn’t have allowed you to touch my stomach before, and I won’t let you now.”

From what you have implied, it seems your Mother-In-Law enjoys pushing boundaries, so make these firm and clear. You being pregnant does not make your body public property.

Post # 9
834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015 - Family Farm

mrsshirley :  My favorite reaction from pregnant women when some one touches them with out asking is for them to reach out and lay hands on the other persons stomach. While calmly staring at them. A couple friends have done this and it always freaks the toucher out.

Follow up with something like “Kind of uncomfortable to be touched without permission, huh?”

Post # 10
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Olgarie :  This! If you’re brave enough it’s a winner.

Post # 11
3048 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I would have been straight up and said I preferred not to be touched. Either with “It was kind of uncomfortable for me. I’m not much of a touch person.” or “It’s very uncomfortable for me due to stomach sensitivity and other aspects of pregnancy that have my stomach uneasy lately.”…

Post # 12
2126 posts
Buzzing bee

Of course it’s her grand baby, but it’s YOUR baby and YOUR body! Being the baby’s dad’s mum does not give her the right to touch you without permission. Your space does not automatically become her space. If she wants to touch, she can ask. 

I think you need to address this next time she does it, or if you feel super uncomfortable have your husband call them ahead of your visit and tell them you are a hands-free zone, unless invited. If it feels easier to use an excuse, go for it. “My skin is really sensitive” or “I’m really extremely ticklish and I thought I would be fine but I just can’t handle it.” I think telling them that you will let them know if baby kicks will help, they will still feel somewhat included. 

Post # 13
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

That’s super inappropriate. You’re welcome to start with a polite “Please don’t do that, I don’t like having my stomach touched.” If she tries again, a firm and loud “I ASKED YOU NOT TO TOUCH MY STOMACH” ought to be enough to put her in her place. Don’t make excuses, don’t bend over backwards to apologize. It’s YOUR body.  If she can’t accept boundaries now, she never will. 

Post # 14
1305 posts
Bumble bee


Start setting hard boundaries now. There’s a reason she’s cut off from her first grandchild, keep your guard up.

And NO ONE has a right to touch your body. Just because she’s the grandmother does not give her magical rights to you or your child.

Post # 15
4231 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

The fact you used the phrasing “she cornered you” is what turns my stomach the most. I am 12 weeks pregnant with #1 and get agitated even when Darling Husband tries to touch my stomach without permission…but I’m not a touchy feely person (stemming from being an abuse survivor) so my reaction to people touching me without permission…even those closest to me…can be a little extreme. 

I remember when my SIL was pregnant and the whole family mauled her at every family event. I am already bracing myself!

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