Imagine it my currently pregnant and post pregnant lovelies. A shirt that you put on and unbeknownst to the assailant would shock the shit out of them as soon as they placed their hands on your precious pregnant tummy! Bet they won’t go around touching bellies after that.
You see, under normal circumstances I would not walk up to another woman and without a word, without a warning begin to delicately stroke her stomach. I never knew prior to being pregnant myself how weird and annoying this could be. I mean you see a pregnant belly you reach out and touch it. I cannot for the life of me find out why people do this. It just started somewhere at sometime and caught on, it became this thing, this normalcy, and the pregnant mother should expect and accept it graciously.
No, no, no, no!
The first time someone touched my stomach I cringed immediately. I don’t like people in my private space, I don’t like being touched in general. So when this was done without warning, I had a gut honest reaction. I was being rude of course to the person molesting me. I felt bad, this was a friend, and I allowed her to continue her assault. As my pregnancy continued I had so many people, some close some not so close, some that would ask, some that wouldn’t ask, touch my belly. I often wondered if they thought perhaps a genie would appear and offer them 3 wishes.
I have friends that had so many stories about having their bellies touched. A psychic touched one of their bellies and began to give an inaccurate reading about the gender of the baby. I myself had a drunk friend of the family rub my stomach ferociously and then proceed to try to pick me up afterwards.
For some women it’s a matter of having only people with good spirits and positive vibes touching you, for others like myself it was just the idea of someone touching and usually caressing your body out of the blue. Oh how I wish I had one of those T-shirts that read, “Do not touch!” when I was pregnant. I did get used to it after a while but it was always still so very strange.
I write this as a plea. You don’t have to pay me a cent if you create this but please just send me a few in the mail so I can be prepared in the event I become pregnant again. Zap!!