[I don’t usually like to complain or blow off steam on my blog, as I want everything I write here to be glorifying to Jesus. As such, this isn’t really a “rant”…just something I don’t really understand! I’m guessing most pregnant women can relate and if you’re not pregnant, it’ll give you a glimpse into a pregnant woman’s mind…scary thought…]
Imagine for a moment…you walk into a room full of people and all of a sudden an acquaintance rushes up to you, and without asking your permission, starts patting your stomach, or rubbing it, or poking it. Now, would that bother you at all? Would you possibly feel like your “personal space” has been a little violated? And understandably so. Hugs are fine and usually welcome, a pat on the back is nice, but patting your stomach…common courtesy usually rules that out.
So my question is: why do such common courtesies seem to fly out the window when a woman is pregnant? If it’s not acceptable to rub a random woman’s belly at any other time, why does pregnancy all of a sudden make it okay? It’s as if the thinking goes, “Hmmm…her belly is sticking out a lot more than it used to…that must mean she wants people to touch it!”. Ummm…not exactly.
Despite the fact that my belly now houses a little baby doesn’t mean that it’s up for grabs (pun intended) for anyone. Other than my husband (who touches my belly whether I’m pregnant or not), the only extra person allowed to touch my belly without first asking my permission is my midwife. Period. Maybe my feelings on this will change when I’m pregnant for the tenth time, but for now, I just don’t get it.