Hands off the bump!

By | June 11, 2013


It’s nothing new, in fact it’s a problem that’s probably as old as time itself, but how do pregnant women stop themselves becoming public property as soon as their bump appears?

It’s not that I’m touching-phobic, I don’t mind hugs and I’ll kiss my friends goodbye, but touching my baby bump just seems more intimate and I’m really not very happy when people just reach for it.

I love C feeling the baby kick, and there’s not much that beats falling to sleep with M’s hand rested on my bump but other than that it just makes me feel a bit odd.

Our 14 year old nephew asked me at the weekend if he could feel my bump which completely freaked me out if I’m honest.  I mumbled something about baby being asleep at the moment and changed the subject quickly.  It’s just too private.

Am I odd?  Should I welcome the extra attention or are people crossing a line by assuming I need to be touched?  And how do I avoid the touching without offending people?  Maybe I’ll just hibernate for the next 3 months…



AtoZ Mummy on June 11, 2013 at 10:04 am.

Strangely it’s not really a problem I had. I’m quite funny about being touched so dreaded this with both pregnancies. Maybe I give off an air of “don’t even think about it”! You could try just saying that you can’t bear being touched at the moment as your skin is so sensitive or something then quickly change the subject and tell them something else funny about pregnancy to show you’re not being rude!
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Emma on June 12, 2013 at 9:15 am.

It’s a difficult one isn’t it?! Maybe I just need to glare at everyone that comes within touching distance!

Good idea re the sensitive skin, will try that next time.