Hippy- I'm not looking forward to the "touching" phase. I'm 14wks and not really showing yet (I can tell, and I could dress in such a way that others would be able to tell, but for now I'm just dressing like I'm bloated). I am an abuse survivor who doesn't get massages because I can't stand strangers touching me. My plan is to scoot out of the way if someone tries to touch the bump, and scream if they manage to make contact, explaining that any unwanted touching is technically illegal (falls under assault/battery in most jurisdictions). People need some freaking boundaries. I will say, though, that I know my friends know my comfort level with being touched and will not be the ones reaching for the bump without an invitation. I'm the last of my rather large group of friends to have my 1st baby, and I was polite to each of them and waited to be asked before feeling the baby move- same as I waited to be invited to hold their newborns. Just because I'm abnormally large doesn't mean I want to be prodded and patted.
Jjh- me too. I thought it had mostly passed and then I woke up today feeling rotten. Ugh. Maybe next week.