Post # 1
I’m almost 24 weeks pregnant with our first child and so far three people have petted/stroked/jiggled my baby belly. I know some mums to be really don’t mind it, but I HATE it. It’s my body and it makes me so uncomfortable and angry. Something that my husband had picked up on, because this was one of his birthday gifts to me:
It made me laugh when I opened the little box he had put them in, I truly think this mans super power is to make me laugh through everything! Anyway, I thought I would share them, in case someone else wants some inspiration! 🙂
Post # 2
Haha thats great! I’m not pregnant or trying but one day I know that will bug the shit outta me too. I am so territorial about my personal space!
Post # 3
I am going to michaels craft store and making ALL of these
Post # 4
MrsBuesleBee: Personal space is very important to me as well, basically I’m fine with my husband touching the belly but I kind of want to hurt everyone else.
shanbp: Looking forward to see the end result! 🙂 My one problem now is that it’s too warm to wear a jacket, so I have to wait until September/October before I can comfortably pin one to me.
Post # 6
So cute! I have gotten lucky with the belly touching. I have made it 36 weeks without any random strangers touching/rubbing my belly. So far it has been family and close friends and that hasn’t bothered me. Comments from strangers are a different story…
Post # 7
BulldogBride: I’m hoping that I won’t have any more “belly touching” moment… but we shall see. After all, before I got pregnant I pretty much thought it as an urban myth that people would touch your belly without asking. Not so much. As for comments, I constantly get told what I CANNOT do – from painting, to bending over, to lifting pretty much anything. Everyone seems to have a say as well: my husband, grandma, in-laws, random people in the grocery store, Home Depot employees… How about you, what comments do you most frequently receive and is from any random people as well?
Post # 8
eocenia: Three weeks behind here, but I read a post (maybe on weddingbee) by a woman who, when someone reached for her belly, she reached right back for theirs. That really put a stop to it! So if they try to touch the belly, touch theirs right back 🙂
Post # 9
eocenia: I’m totally, completely, 100% with you on the No Touching rule. How awesome of your hubby to think of this! I’m now thinking I might get a shirt or two with one of those slogans on it when No.2 starts showing.
Post # 10
Gah.. NO TOUCHING! Drives me nuts. I don’t know what it is, but with this pregnancy I’m extremely sensitive to touch. I nearly jump out of my skin when DH just tries to rub my leg or something! So I absolutely don’t want random other people touching me in any way! It’s happened 3 times so far and my mom (knowing full well how I am about personal space) just walks up and touches it and says “I can touch, I’m the grandmother”… um no mom, sorry, I’m the MOM and I say NO!
Post # 11
Lol…I love the “keep calm and dont touch my belly….seriously.
Post # 12
bluesea10: I might very well do that! If it’s a total stranger I might also consider being really mean, saying, “Why are you touching my tumour?” with a stone cold face.
Mrs.Daly: I just don’t understand why people do this? Isn’t it one of those things you’re told that pregnant women don’t appreciate in general? To me it’s super simple, if you want to touch – ASK.
jny1179: Oh I feel for you – I have a feeling I might be in for the same type of trouble with my MIL. She has already done it once, and that was when my belly was tiny. I really don’t care if someone happens to be the grandma, grandpa or uncle – unless you put the baby there, hands off!
Post # 13
Oh lordy, I hope strangers don’t do that to me. I feel like the hubbie and my best friend and my mom are OK, but other than that, I think people need to keep their hands to themselves or at least ask first. I will totally either back away or swat their hand away or reach for their belly if they try. Right now especially my tummy is still all me, I have no actual bump yet, so that would be so awkward. Hands off!!
Post # 14
BulldogBride: what have they said.
Post # 15
eocenia: I won’t be pregnant for a few years, bu this is the one part of being pregnant that I am NOT looking forward to at all. I really really need my personal space – like, there are times when I cringe when people in my own family attempt to hug me. It’s completely ridiculous, but it’s who I am. So random people feeling the need to touch my belly is going to be met with some rather panicked expressions and quick waddling away on my part (I’m assuming you waddle when pregnant, but I wouldn’t know).