Post # 17
I haven’t had strangers touch my belly, but I think you have to be ready and quick to ward off and just say no to strangers if you don’t want it to happen!
I don’t care if people touch my belly, so far only friends and family have touched it and most ask before hand, but they ask as they are going in to touch. lol Guess I’ll see what happens is a stranger asks, but I’m 32 weeks already so we’ll see.
Post # 18
LOL. Slap their hand away as they’re reaching to touch you. “NO!”
Post # 19
Wear a t-shirt with a hand print and a giant no sign over it.
Post # 20
I have a friend who is almost ready to pop. We’ve been friends for ever and I STILL ask. Or she will tell me to touch her since she likes watching me freak when I feel her move and I go ” there’s something MOVING in there”. She thought that was great.
Post # 21
Lol! They aren’t going to ‘randomly’ charge up to you foisting themselves on a pregnant belly. I would imagine some form of communication would be had first.
And no, I wouldn’t mind a kindly stranger wanting to touch my belly. They were probably pregnant at some point and I’m sure could give advice and whatnot.
Dont forget, there are going to be a heck of a lot of women that physically cant have children and will never experience being pregnant. Whats the harm in one of these ‘stranger women’ wanting to feel what they may never experience?
Whats the matter with people these days? What’s the issue with being so flipping precious about everything.
‘how dare you come near my pregnant belly!’
Post # 22
What? It’s her belly, if she doesn’t want people to touch it then end of! You wouldn’t go up to a stranger and touch them, why should pregnant people have to put up with it?
Post # 23
I can imagine how awful it must be for people to take time out of their busy lives to come over and chat to a pregnant woman, to take an interest. Dreadful.
When people ‘put up’ with cancer, losing a child, experiencing a REAL heartbreak, I can see having someone touch your belly being really difficult to deal with.
Post # 25
Being pregnant doesn’t mean that your body is now public property. If you wouldn’t go up and lay a hand on a stranger (or acquaintance) unprompted under normal circumstances, the fact that she has a bump doesn’t change that!!
Post # 26
Being pregnant doesn’t make you public property. How hard is it to ask politely first? If you’re nursing can a stranger come up and touch your breasts so they can experience the magic of breast feeding? Hell no.
Post # 29
YES!!! Now if only they could put THAT on a maternity shirt!! lol
Post # 30
really? You’re gonna compare having your belly touched to having cancer? Of course anything sounds better when you compare it to cancer! We are talking about a woman not wanting to be belly-fondled by strangers! That’s more than just “chatting” and “taking an interest,” it’s actually quite rude in my opinion. People are allowed to vent in their lives sheesh, calm down.
OP I completely agree with you. People should at least ask before they get all grabby!
Post # 31
Like I said previously ( which you would have seen if you read my comment) I would expect some form of communication
first before ‘the belly touch’. This is when you expect to be asked permission. It doesn’t harm the baby and neither does it harm the mother.
This is MY opinion. And there’s no need To be facetious, bellies and boobs don’t come under the same category here.