Thursday, January 24, 2008

Don't Touch the Belly?

Even though I'm a little over five months pregnant right now, I still feel as if I don't LOOK very pregnant. People are very hesitant to ask me if I'm pregnant because I could just easily be overweight.

Some friends were talking about how they hate it when people feel the need to touch their pregnant bellies. Even complete strangers. I have heard about this phenomenon a lot. There just seems to be an instinct in people, especially women, to touch a pregnant belly. I wonder why that is? I haven't experienced it yet since I am not showing too much. But I wonder how I will handle it if it happens. When I think about it, it doesn't really bother me. There is something nice about the universal need people have to connect with a pregnant belly. I think positive human touch can be such a powerful thing. And maybe it's a good thing to connect with your fellow human beings in this way. Perhaps there are sending good wishes and positive energy to the baby through their touch. And that can only be a good thing, right?

When I finally get to the point that I look "without a doubt" pregnant, I think I'm going to look forward to people reaching out. But we'll have to see...


Bookfool said...

I'm really weird about people invading my personal space, but when I was as big as a barn . . . no problem. It was so cool having elbows and feet sticking up, here and there, that I enjoyed sharing. I suppose that's why people want to touch--just to feel a little bit of that miracle that they know is growing and moving inside.

You're lucky you're not showing, yet. You're pretty tall, right? I was very obviously pregnant by 4 months. I'm short; there was nowhere for the poor kid to stretch out so blooop . . . out went the belly. At 7 months, people started asking me when I was going to "pop". Okay, that bothered me. LOL

Amy said...

hi Bookfool!

It's interesting you should say that because I just posted about my anxiety of how big (or small) my belly is. I'm 5'7" so I don't know if that is affecting things but I'm feeling small!

Here is the post: