London - If you’re reading this next to someone who is pregnant, you might want to back off a little.
Expectant mothers need more personal space than the rest of us as they seek to keep a larger "protective bubble" around their bump, a study shows.
While we generally prefer others to stand an arm’s length away from us to feel comfortable, mums-to-be who are near their due date need double that, researchers found.
They say this is because the women have a heightened sense of danger to their unborn baby. But it is also thought their changing body shape and size could make it feel like strangers are closer to them than they actually are.
For the study, scientists assessed women in the second three months of their pregnancy at 20 weeks, in their third trimester at 34 weeks, and at eight weeks after giving birth.