If you are a first-timer, pregnancy can take a toll on you. Especially, when you hear annoying things and get unsolicited advice which will surely come your way. Those one million questions in your mind already would be adding stress; you might feel irritated and touchy when people lose their manners the minute they see a pregnant belly!
But, Relax! There are smart ways to deal with it. So, feel excited about having your baby and ignore those offensive, ridiculous things people do when they see a baby bump.
Who gave the right to people to touch your pregnant belly? There are quite a lot of people who think they have every right to feel the pregnant bump. Unless you feel it is okay to touch, it is always easy to be polite and refuse the right to rub your belly, tell them to respect your personal space. Or let them go ahead and enjoy rubbing your belly while you feel pampered.
But if you are one among many who feels uncomfortable then you have the right to say ‘stop, right there!’ to anyone who comes to touch and feel your pregnant belly. Is it nice to touch a pregnant woman’s belly? Do you think they would invade your privacy if you are not pregnant?
Yes! Not right at all.
How do you think you can stop ‘belly touchers’ who think they have the right to touch? Here’s a list of suggestions to keep them away.
Why Do People Touch Your Pregnant Belly?
Keep your antenna on guard always. Every time you go to a public place or visit a friend or family, be on guard. Whenever you sense that someone is looking at you excitedly and coming to touch your belly, just move away from that place. Moving away is the easiest way out than tackling a stranger in public place who would touch your belly. However, this idea might turn rude when one of your aunt or cousin walk toward you lovingly to touch and feel your tummy.
Hands On Belly
This might sound funny, but to keep strangers away from your baby bump it is good when you keep both your hands on your belly most of the time. This way, you don’t give anyone space on your tummy to touch. This will keep the strangers away.
A Polite ‘No’ Would Work
You are pregnant and enjoying the journey. It’s your body, it’s your baby, and it’s your right to deny anybody who wants to feel your bump. No one else has the right. So a polite yet firm ‘No’ would do the trick. Tell them clearly that you aren’t comfortable. But if anybody comes to touch without your permission, just move away and say ‘No, I ain’t comfortable’.
Being Rude Sometimes Help
It is not always easy to be polite to everyone especially when you have to deal with people for almost nine months. You do lose your cool, but it’s fine. Being rude to people also helps but only when it comes to creepy people. However, you can also try to give tongue-in-cheek responses, it will work. These kinds of response work well with the creepy strangers. You can ask them – Of course, you want to feel my belly or any other part of my body?, Can I feel your beer belly? – kind of questions.
Don’t be too hard on yourself and people around. Not everyone on this planet is going to touch your pregnant belly. Be aware of the joy of a new life that still unites humanity. There are always moments when you will argue, disagree, not get along, and be pretty lame to one another – but pregnancy unites people. So, embrace and enjoy the happiness of everyone than being a snob.