Being pregnant comes with its annoyances. They all come with the territory and mostly don’t involve anyone but you and your 9-month house/body guest. But what do you do when those annoyances involve other people? If you’ve ever been pregnant you know that your belly all of a sudden becomes an open invitation to friends, family and strangers to rub your stomach as if you’re a dog. The majority of people don’t ask before doing so. Some women don’t mind. Especially in the early months but after months of belly rubs you tend to get tired of it even if a loved one is showing the affection.
But what about the creepy times that a stranger wants to rub your ever-growing baby bump, then what? Well, one lady in Pennsylvania decided to take a stand. When her neighbor came over to pay her a visit and rub her baby filled belly she took action and called the police filing a report of harassment. It may not go anywhere legally but it sure will be an eye opener to many people. I hope this makes people think twice before invading our personal space without asking. As our stomachs grow and become more and more visible (kinda like a walking billboard) it doesn’t mean it’s there for the touching. As the article reads, “You wouldn't touch a woman’s stomach if she wasn't pregnant” so why do it when we are? It’s all a matter of respecting our personal space. You can read the full article HERE.
I never understood why strangers like to or even think it's ok to touch a pregnant woman. The only thing I can think of is they want to feel a part of the beautiful experience and if that's the case should we let them slide? Or should we leave this privilege to select family and friends?
Let me know your thoughts.