(Closed) Paws off the belly!

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@kkish3:  Having your belly touched isn’t a tragedy, yet people seem to be treating it as such. 

I can’t be the only one that thinks like this, hopefully. 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I never minded when people touched my belly most people ask and the ones who don’t are generally family or friends.  I always rubbed my own preggy belly thats probably why I have the urge to touch others baby bellys

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@SweetChick:  yah and bellies and cancer don’t go under the same category… Also you never said that you expect people to ask permission first, FYI. It’s not in either of your posts. That’s why everyone is being rubbed the wrong way by you. Also your sarcasm probably did it, too.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@kkish3:  Pretty great summary of what I was going to say 🙂

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Under the communication bit, you would expect to be asked permission. Regardless of this, the OP states that noone at all is allowed anywhere near her belly, permission or not. 

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t blame you one bit, OP. I don’t even like it when people are hovering too close to me, so I would probably slap somebody who tried to fondle me without asking.

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@SweetChick:  So what? It’s HER body. She’s not obligated to let anyone touch it.

Post # 38
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@SweetChick:  …and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Everyone deserves basic autonomy over something as personal as who can touch her body.

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@mightywombat:  Hence the asking permission bit. Am I crazy here? And ‘fondling’ that’s a whole other ball game. 

Look, would you like me to agree with you? Is that easier? 

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@SweetChick: Well, yes. We are all making a very reasonable point – her body, her rules. I don’t see why that is a problem.

Post # 42
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Worker bee

@SweetChick I’m not sure why you seem so antagonistic about the topic – but yes, to me it isn’t being ‘precious’ but private. A stranger telling her child she can touch my stomach is uncalled for.

I have not had anyone try to touch me without asking – unless they’re family or friend, I’m definitely saying sorry but I’m not comfortable with that. I also think body language can be helpful!

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@SweetChick:  Tend to agree with you.

If you don’t want people to touch your belly, just be prepared to say no and be prepared to say it fast. If you say no and readily put your hands up, people aren’t going to touch your belly. Most people want to touch a pregnant belly…which is why this is such a big deal. I don’t think it is a big deal to say no, tho, just say no! 

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m so not looking forward to people touching my belly when I’m pregnant!

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@crystlrox:  Thats easy enough to do when they actually ask you, but when they don’t and they just reachout and touch your belly without asking and without your permission, that isn’t right. I have had this happen at least three times to me already, and only one of them I would have said yes to had they asked.

Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I haven’t had a lot of belly touching without asking.  And no strangers have even tried.  I read on another post to keep your arms in front of your belly or use your purse or the shopping cart as a barrier and that people get the hint.  So that’ what I’ve done and it seems to help.  The only people who have touched my belly have been friends and family.  Which I’ve been okay with.

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