Reddit Woman Shares Struggle Setting Boundaries While Pregnant
While pregnant, there is a common struggle that many women face about their personal space and boundaries not being respected not only from weird strangers in grocery stores but also from family members. Whether it comes in the form of unsolicited stomach touching (seriously, never touch a pregnant woman’s stomach unless she explicitly invites you to) or way too personal advice that no one asked for or wanted, not having personal boundaries respected can make for a very awkward situation and it can possibly even ruin relationships.
One Reddit user, a woman who is pregnant, took to the platform to share her struggles with trying to figure out how to properly set boundaries and how to have them respected as a momma-to-be. User “bluetink91” writes about how she and her husband who are expecting their first child are “private and reserved” people, in contrast with her husbands family which is quite the opposite. She asks fellow Reddit users how she can successfully set personal boundaries without “ostracizing” anyone during her pregnancy and beyond. You can read her original post below.
Fellow Redditors were quick to jump to the rescue and offer some personal advice on how to properly set boundaries, especially when it comes to your in-laws. User “sourdoughobsessed,” writes the following advising on slowly distancing yourself from particularly “hands-on” people in order to keep some personal privacy.
User “wander1262” writes how she is setting boundaries by (rightfully so) drawing the line as for who is and isn’t allowed in the delivery room, mentioning that she’s done “letting people manipulate [her] because of their desires.”
“Sintellect” responds to the original post writing an inspiring experience she had when it came to how she made her boundaries. She says, “This isn’t a party. This is a private moment between me, my boyfriend, and my child” which is totally fair.
Whether you want to set boundaries or not when it comes to your pregnancy and raising your child, it’s important to make sure that you do what is best for you and your family! Every family is different so what may work for one family may or may not work for another.
What was your experience like when it came to setting boundaries during your pregnancy and beyond? Let me know in the comments below.