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A Do or a Don't: Touching Pregnant Women's Bellies

A Do or a Don't: Touching Pregnant Women's Bellies

My best friend is newly pregnant and obviously we're all thrilled for her and anxiously awaiting meeting the bun in the oven, but like many pregnant women, she isn't feeling quite up to par. One of her biggest complaints is when people take it upon themselves to rub her belly, uninvited! While it is nice to have your friends and family members be excited for you, it can't feel great to have people ohhing and ahhing over you especially when you aren't feeling your best.

Touching pregnant women's bellies has always been somewhat of a taboo subject, but it seems like people just can't help themselves! While I don't know what it feels like to be with child, what I want to know is, is it a do or a don't to rub pregnant people's bellies?

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chelsea-loo chelsea-loo 8 years
i meant 14 weeks. sorry:)
chelsea-loo chelsea-loo 8 years
i meant 14 weeks. sorry :)
chelsea-loo chelsea-loo 8 years
I am 24 weeks pregnant. and b/c i am a small person you can tell im pregnant. i have had to deal with random people coming up and touching me and i have found the perfect soluion for this. When someone walks up to me and without asking grabbs, touches, or rubs my belly, I grab, touch or rub one of thier breasts. If they give me a " what the hell did you do that for" i give them the same return look. most of the time they just walk away. on occasion they will comment on me grabbing thier breast and i comment back " i know, feels like your space and body is invaded doesnt it" then after that the say sorry or just walk away with a disgusted face.. But it does work and hopefully they will think twice about touching a pregnant womans body.:o)
chelsea-loo chelsea-loo 8 years
I am 24 weeks pregnant. and b/c i am a small person you can tell im pregnant. i have had to deal with random people coming up and touching me and i have found the perfect soluion for this. When someone walks up to me and without asking grabbs, touches, or rubs my belly, I grab, touch or rub one of thier breasts. If they give me a " what the hell did you do that for" i give them the same return look. most of the time they just walk away. on occasion they will comment on me grabbing thier breast and i comment back " i know, feels like your space and body is invaded doesnt it" then after that the say sorry or just walk away with a disgusted face.. But it does work and hopefully they will think twice about touching a pregnant womans body. :o)
lms lms 9 years
I didn't mind when someone touched my belly at all. However, I never had a stranger touch it. I think this touching is no big deal in comparison to what you go through in the hospital when you are having the baby. I had a bunch of different nurses touching me all over the place during and after for days....so much for personal space.
lms lms 9 years
I didn't mind when someone touched my belly at all. However, I never had a stranger touch it. I think this touching is no big deal in comparison to what you go through in the hospital when you are having the baby. I had a bunch of different nurses touching me all over the place during and after for days....so much for personal space.
melda melda 9 years
no i dont touch and wont let ppl touch mine
Drewsfan Drewsfan 9 years
I love it when it's family and friends. If a stranger tried to do it, I'd have to go postal on them. There is just no way that's allowed. :P
precious_pets4 precious_pets4 9 years
When I was pregnant with my daughter, the only person I wanted rubbing my belly was my husband! Even my own mother didn't rub and hang all over me -- hell, she had been there too, obviously!I'll never forget the first time a stranger tried to touch me -- I was waiting in line in a store, the person in front of me happened to be a man from some other country (I never bothered to ask!) He turned around, saw me, and with both hands started grabbing at my stomach! I went ballistic! I started screaming at him, calling for security, and whacking him with my bag all at once! He was actually removed from the store because I made such a scene about it (like, really, it was the only time i had ever made a scene... lol... NOT!)
precious_pets4 precious_pets4 9 years
When I was pregnant with my daughter, the only person I wanted rubbing my belly was my husband! Even my own mother didn't rub and hang all over me -- hell, she had been there too, obviously! I'll never forget the first time a stranger tried to touch me -- I was waiting in line in a store, the person in front of me happened to be a man from some other country (I never bothered to ask!) He turned around, saw me, and with both hands started grabbing at my stomach! I went ballistic! I started screaming at him, calling for security, and whacking him with my bag all at once! He was actually removed from the store because I made such a scene about it (like, really, it was the only time i had ever made a scene... lol... NOT!)
Huckleberry Huckleberry 9 years
I cried when my dad finally touched my stomach. I miss that man
loonyluna loonyluna 9 years
I think it is totally different. You can call the police if a stranger touches your butt. It's illegal and sexual harassement. You can't say the same for an arm or shoulder (as long as they aren't being aggressive).
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Or people could be nice by not invading my personal space. I don't get why the "be nice" responsibility has to fall on the pregnant woman. They're not the ones being rude. I continue to disagree that the comparison is "nowhere close to each other." The point is personal space.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Or people could be nice by not invading my personal space. I don't get why the "be nice" responsibility has to fall on the pregnant woman. They're not the ones being rude. I continue to disagree that the comparison is "nowhere close to each other." The point is personal space.
dilsmom dilsmom 9 years
greggie, the difference between a butt and a belly when it's pregnant is that there is a baby inside. no one wants to touch your belly when your not pregnant, and I'm sure no one wants to touch a butt randomly either. The comparison is no where close to each other. I'm not saying that you have to let someone touch your belly, but at least be nice to people.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I don't think there's a difference between a butt and a stomach at all. Personal space is personal space. Pregnancy doesn't negate that and shouldn't. No matter how much personal experience I have with random people rudely touching me, it never ceases to disappoint me how disrespectful people are of someone else's space.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I don't think there's a difference between a butt and a stomach at all. Personal space is personal space. Pregnancy doesn't negate that and shouldn't. No matter how much personal experience I have with random people rudely touching me, it never ceases to disappoint me how disrespectful people are of someone else's space.
Jessamyn Jessamyn 9 years
When I was pregnant for the first time, my landlord's wife met me and touched my belly without asking. It made me feel like REALLY uncomfortable, and no, I didn't like it at all. My friends asked first, and I didn't mind them touching me. I just want to be asked first, that is all.
Jessamyn Jessamyn 9 years
When I was pregnant for the first time, my landlord's wife met me and touched my belly without asking. It made me feel like REALLY uncomfortable, and no, I didn't like it at all.My friends asked first, and I didn't mind them touching me. I just want to be asked first, that is all.
belgagirl belgagirl 9 years
it is very bizarre and annoying to have someone touch you when you're preggo. that's great that some people think pregnancy is beautiful and such, but that is just such an invasion of privacy. I have 2 kids. the 1st pregnancy i had several random women at work (i worked in a large place) touch my belly... without asking. i wasn't rude to them. i was just taken aback and didn't know how to react. even my mother asked if she could touch! (maybe cause she already knew that it is weird). the 2nd pregnancy i had one guy - my hubby's friend touch.. it was kinda weird, but we were in a conversation and by the time he had done it, he realized it was weird and apologized. it wasn't a big deal. it was just weird. i think people just need to have practice some restraint and resist touching. they wouldn't do it if i wasn't pregnant... just because a baby is inside doesn't make it okay.
Aedammair Aedammair 9 years
I was psycho about this when I was pg. Only my son's dad was allowed to touch me! The constant nausea was not made better by someone feeling me up. Even my son's aunt reached out and tried to touch my belly once (ONCE) and I flipped on her. I had enough random oddness going on without people molesting me.
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