Post # 1
I am not pregnant, but one thing that freaks me out is people wanting to touch the pregnancy belly – whether you are at the grocery store, mall, at your work, with family, etc.. The only person I want touching it would be my fiance (husband by the time we ttc), maybe my mother(that is a big maybe) and my Dr. –no one else. I don’t like people touching me very often – hugging, shaking hands, etc… so touching or rubbing a pregnancy belly when your already over protective and uncomfortable… how did you deal with people asking? Did some people just touch you? Creeps me out… sorry if I sound dramatic but this is a real concern I have.
Post # 3
Other than family, the only person who touched my belly was one of my co-workers who is also a friend of mine. And she asked first.
Post # 4
I had a lady at the grocery store tell her daughter that she could touch my belly because there was a baby in there. I was like-um no! I’ve made it very clear to everyone else that my belly is off limits unless I say it’s ok.
Post # 5
Many years ago when I was pregnant, I worked at a restaurant. Women would almost daily try to rub my stomach. WTH, who just touches people like that? Apparently when you become pregnant, personal space is tossed out the window.
Post # 6
While pregnant with my first child a woman (think scruffy, kind of odd) approached me and not only thought it ok to touch my belly she actually went between my overalls and shirt. I was infuriated! Why, oh why, do people think this is acceptable? On a funny note, my husband has always said that he will never be the guy that talks to the baby belly or anything like that. Wellll, day 3 after a positive test and he has already broken that rule a million times. :oP
Post # 7
So far I’ve had only one stranger touch my belly.
My mom told me that when she was pregnant, she oddly enough had guys trying to touch her belly. One incident was on an elevator. The guy apparently flipped her top up, put his hand on her stomach and said “What do you have in there? A football?” How she did smack him or kick him in the balls is beyond me.
Post # 8
@FutureMrsAch: OMG, if somone tried to touch my stomach under my shirt I would freak.
I think it will be hard enough if strangers want to touch my belly over my clothes.
Post # 9
the weirdest person who touched my belly was my DH’s coworker i just met at his staff party. she asked first, but i didn’t feel i could say no so i let her.
Post # 10
I don’t think I would say no or mind unless it was someone totally random or creepy. I’m a belly toucher myself (when it’s someone I know) so friends, family, coworkers I know… all welcome to touch my belly once I actually have one.
Post # 11
I never cared when family or friends did it, but we stopped for food coming home from a family vacation and an employee ran up and put her hand on my belly and announced I was having a girl. To make it worse, we’d gotten our food to go because the place was packed, and this woman grabbed my arm and physically stopped me from walking. I was shocked, because I was like 7 months pregnant and it was the first (and only) time a stranger touched me, and she manhandled me…I just kind of sputtered, but Darling Husband was pissed…he grabbed my other arm, yanked me away and growled at her to “stop touching my wife”.
Post # 12
I never understand why people would do that. Only time I’ve touched a belly is when a friend/co-worker said I could. I still feel really wierd doing it too! My sister in law has 4 months left and I still haven’t. Unless she says go for it. I won’t 🙂
Post # 13
This would freak me out so hard. I can hardly handle hugs from my friends, for a stranger to touch my stomach would be my fifth layer of hell. I mean, its not like they’re actually touching the baby (another huuuuge no no) but its your stomach. wtf?
That said, the manfriend has told me that he totally used to be that person. But I’ve told him many times that its majorly creepy, so hopefully he never does that again.
Post # 14
I’m not even pregnant and this is one of my pet peeves! Who the heck thinks it’s okay to put their hands on someone without asking? I might let a friend or family member do it if they asked first, but if some random person just decided to touch my belly I’d probably slap their hand away.
Post # 15
Ahaha wow! I would never go rub a pregnant stranger’s belly, although I did rub my pregnant coworker’s belly, haha. We are all very close though, so it wasn’t weird. I would probably be very freaked out if a stranger touched my belly. o.o
Post # 16
I had some female friends ask, and I let them. No one tried without asking, thankfully. If a male had asked, apart from my brother or father, I would have said no, but it didn’t happen. (Apart from Darling Husband duh!)