I must be part feline. It seems the only way to properly explain my feelings of people touching my stomach.

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Cats don’t like being rubbed or touched on their bellies. You know a cat trusts you if he/she rolls on its back and extends the belly for some rubbing action. That’s love.

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So, when I say I don’t like/want people touching my pregnant belly, I feel cat-like. It feels very private for someone to touch my stomach, and I don’t like it. So when random people try to do it, I kind of want to claw their eyes out, cat style.

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I wondered aloud yesterday whether I might feel differently once my stomach is much larger, and therefore further away from the rest of my body. Will it feel more separate? Because right now, it’s only about 3 inches north and south of two no-no zones, and that’s too close for comfort.

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It’s a vulnerable thing, having this belly sticking out for all to see/stare/gape/ooh/ah/coo and, gasp(!), touch. Blech.

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This stomach? Mine. You didn’t touch it before. So don’t touch it now. Or I might hiss. Or scratch. Or bite. And that would be SO unladylike. So please don’t force me to do it. Hands off, world!

  1. #1 by Mrs on February 25, 2010 - 9:31 pm

    PREACH. IT. Girlfriend! Oh, my goodness. Ridiculous. One woman actually touched my stomach WAY further “south” than was comfortable for someone who wasn’t my husband or my MD. I didn’t know what to do. I just stood there, agape.

    I don’t want to touch your belly, but you KNOW you’re going to have to post some belly shots! 😉

  2. #2 by Phyllis on March 5, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    I felt exactly the same way. And with me, it went even farther: I couldn’t stand to have ANYTHING touching my belly. So, maternity pants were out of the question. I was going around in dresses, without tights on in the middle of Russian winters. Obviously, I had to wear clothes, but a loose dress was all I could handle.

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