During my final pregnancy, my belly bump developed about the fourth month of my pregnancy. I was pregnant with twins and that meant showing early and showing big. By the fifth month of pregnancy, strangers started asking when I was due and by the seventh month, people were spontaneously touching my baby belly without even asking if it was okay with me. One day, without even thinking about my reaction, I smacked the hand of a complete stranger for touching my baby belly. That was completely uncalled for, but what is the right reaction and how many times does it take before you’ve had enough? Here are a few tips for addressing the baby bump touch and a few quote from friends about how they handled the situation.
Tips for Handling the Baby Bump Touch
If someone touches your baby bump without asking if it is okay, simply be calm and ask them not to touch your baby bump. If they proceed to touch it again, turn and walk away from the situation. While I can give you all the tips in the world, why not hear tips from other moms with a bit more patience than me.
“I once told a woman touching my belly meant paying for a year of college. She didn’t touch again.” Laurie
“In the store I would always push the cart. If my belly is behind the shopping cart, strangers are less apt to touch without asking.” Tina
“I never told a stranger NOT to touch my belly. I figured being pregnant was the first time in life when I could have a big belly and everyone wanted to touch it.” Crystal
At the end of the day you may hate that someone touched your belly or you may love it. If you’re not too keen on spontaneous touches – try to keep your calm and walk away or tell the stranger you’d rather them not touch your belly. Most of the time, however, pregnant women just take the touches as part of the pregnancy adventure.