Post # 1
Is everyone else having issues with people wanting to touch your belly? How do you deal with it? I don’t want ANYONE touching my belly (aside from Darling Husband and my doctors), not even family members. A lady at the grocery store the other day told her young daughter she could touch me b/c there was a baby in there. Uh, no. I’m not a Buddha!
Post # 3
I think it’s lovely. Something to be proud of. I’d be proud anyway.
Post # 4
Tell me about it, some people have no respect for personal boundaries. I think you shouldn’t have a problem telling people where to go with their germy hands!
Post # 5
I get not wanting strangers to touch you! But family members?? Good luck keeping their paws off 🙂
Post # 6
LOL!!!! Sorry I cracked up at the “I’m not a Buddha!” bit!
I think people should ASK for permission if they REALLY want to touch someone’s belly!! Everyone feels differently about it. Some moms to be are super happy to have someone rub their belly and some just hate it!
I think it’s weird for strangers to ask to rub someone’s belly~~~ can’t think of anyone who will enjoy that in general (only one I can think of is my 2 yr old nephew and my pup)
A friend of mine actually had think T-shirt she wore on outing occasions that said “Occupant sleeping, do not disturb” on the belly part 😀
Post # 7
I’ve never been pregnant, but I feel the urge to touch a pregnant woman’s belly. It’s the oddest thing! I can’t explain WHY I want to touch it, I just do! I’m sure there’s something evolutionary in there somewhere.
Though, I know enough to know it’s unwelcome when it’s not close family.
Post # 8
Im the type of person who doesnt get any urge to touch people’s stomachs unless directed too.. So I’m guessing I’ll be running from people who start to put out their hands lol!
Post # 9
@SweetChick: Um. You’re okay with random strangers coming up and touching you?
OP, I’ve heard this from several friends. I wouldn’t mind friends and family (well, maybe), but total strangers? That’s a good way to get smacked.
Post # 10
@NekoBride: haha that t shirt sounds awesome 🙂
Post # 11
The best response I ever heard of to this was a woman who, upon having a stranger put a hand on her belly, immediately reached out and put HER hand on HIS belly.
But I can see how that might not always be the best option. 😉
Post # 12
I’m dreading this… I don’t even want family touching without asking.
My problem is that I can be a real jerk. Honestly, it was so hard to keep my mouth shut when a cashier asked if I was having a boy or a girl (I was 13 weeks and not showing – just my normal pudge). I wouldn’t be surprised if I reached out and smacked someone… but I’m known to react badly to things.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t want anyone touching me. If friends or family did it, it would be okay, not wanted, but okay. If a stranger did it I’d probably try to move away as quickly as possible or at least flinch and try to make it clear that it’s not okay.
Post # 14
@Jacqui90: LOL When my mama to be friend complained about it a friend and I got one of those ‘bling’ sticker thingy made and ironed it on to a materinty shirt.
Maybe I should get them made and printed! lolz
Post # 15
Oh man, this is something that I’m TOTALLY not going to be able to handle. I have a personal space “bubble” and if someone touches my belly, I really might be inclined to smack them…
Post # 16
I don’t mind family and friends IF I tell them it’s ok…maybe to feel a kick or something. But why just touch it? It’s a belly. I don’t touch anyone’s belly (family, friends, strangers), so I don’t want people doing it to me. I like my personal space! 🙂