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Have you ever spotted a pregnant stranger and then proceeded to walk over to them and touch their bellies? Or even ask to touch a stranger’s child in the womb? You’re not alone. But not all pregnant women aren’t happy about it.
We recently found a thread online where women were talking about how they felt about all the random belly touching.
Here are a few examples of what they think when you help yourself to their stomachs.
1. Pregnancy Is Not Consent
“Why do people see pregnancy as instant consent to just randomly touch your body whenever? It’s so stupid and gross. Even asking me puts me in an awkward position of saying, ‘NO, you total stranger,” someone replied.
2. I’m About to Make a T-Shirt
“Honestly,” one admitted. “I’m half-seriously planning to make a ton of don’t touch me t-shirts to wear during pregnancy.” Another said, “Yes, I am pregnant. No, you may not touch my belly. That should be a t-shirt.”
3. Pregnant People Are Not Public Property
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“Pregnant people are not public property, and just because someone is pregnant doesn’t mean other people are entitled to touch them or give them unsolicited advice!!! Why is this so hard for some people?”
“All the unsolicited advice is tiring, and everyone wants to share their horror stories! Like, HELLO, I don’t want to hear this when I’m pregnant!”
4. Touch Their Bellies Back
“Meanwhile, if you reached out and touched THEIR bellies unprompted, they’d be weirded out and angry. So what? You mean you DON’T like being touched without permission? Fancy that,” one said. Another confessed, “I’ve seen people touch other people’s bellies back. Suddenly, they’re not comfortable with a stranger touching them.”
5. It Seems to Be the Older Generations
“Older adults sense that there is a new life in your belly. They crave vitality, so they can’t stop themself from touching you,” someone suggested. “People in my life refused to believe how often others touched my stomach. They failed to see why it bothered me. But it was either older women or men grabbing my belly.”
“Women at least would go topside, but men would go for the bottom of my belly. STRANGERS! I’ve been told by men how sexy they found my stomach while grabbing it randomly / without asking as I was trying to grocery shop or order food. It’s mind-boggling.”
6. I Went Into Continuous Shock
“I think I went into a soft, continuous shock for the last few months being pregnant and Autistic,” one replied. “Everyone wants to talk about your belly, touch you, hug you, and I want to wrap myself in blankets and go over whether the baby blankets had dinosaurs, at least in the same era.”
7. People Shouldn’t Even Ask
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“You just shouldn’t be asking people that. There could be stomach problems and such. Very rude to ask unless you’re a close friend or family member,” another replied.
“I had a manager who had an issue with the muscle lining in her stomach, and it made her guts spill out into her skin, and she had a tummy like she was pregnant, and she hated it because people would always ask. Like, don’t ask. If I’m not sure, I question their friend, but I honestly don’t care about it. No touch, no ask, no problem.”
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