tummy touching

United States
May 19, 2007 8:28pm CST
My friend is pregnant, and she is going crazy. This is her first and she says that people are constantly touching her tummy, even strangers. She doesn't mind people she knows and is close to, but it bothers her when strangers do. What can she do when strangers touch her tummy?
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
20 May 07
Tell them politely not to I do not know why People do that when they don't know a Person I would never dream of going up to a Stranger that is pregnant and touch their Stomach
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• United States
20 May 07
Me either, I think that it is rude for a stranger to do that too.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
20 May 07
Hm, yea I read about the tummy touching in a magazine I get. Well, I think most people would be kind enough to say "May I touch your tummy?" Then she would say "No, please I get so many people that want to do that. It annoys me." If someone touches her tummy without her permission/without asking, definitely she needs to slap his/her hands away! That is trespassing on private property. Plus, that is just plain rude not to ask before you touch, right? Perhaps she does want people to touch, but they still should ask. If she doesn't want them to, then she should politely say "no". have an ice day. Pablo
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• United States
20 May 07
I feel people should ask first. Strangers shouldn't be doing it at all. Pregnancy, doesn't give people an open invitation to touch you.
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@saraeh_t (17)
• United States
20 May 07
it happens to everyone thats ever been pregnant, people just dont respect personal boundaries. but I think that if she doesn't want to be mean about it, she really cant do much ya know? If she doesn't care about whether she's nice or not than yeah, she should tell them to please respect her personal space and her body.
• United States
20 May 07
I hear it is a common thing. My friends I have done it, but I sure wouldn't do it with a stranger. That is crossing the line in my opinion. I don't think people do it with that intention though.
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@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
20 May 07
She should slap their hands away and tell them to keep their hands off
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• United States
20 May 07
LOL, I agree, I think it is trespassing.
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
21 May 07
I think it's because a baby is like a small miracle, a gift from God. But strangers touching your friend is just plain wrong! I like the feel of a babe in mum's tum but I always ask permission first. If I was your friend and someone reaches out to touch I would step back and say, "sorry, I'm a bit sore" or "sorry, I don't like people touching it". She can smile and say this so as not to offend but people shouldn't do it. That's assault.