Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Don't touch the belly

A couple of months ago I referenced a rap song that I couldn't really remember that well to describe my big belly. I think the title was "Big Booty Girl," and I had been swapping booty for belly and singing about mine for a while.

Today, another rap song from my past popped into my head while I was reading an advice column about strangers touching pregnant bellies. FYI, the advice columnist didn't seem to have any problem with this.

Well, I do. Luckily, this hasn't happened to me, yet. But I don't want it to start. I mean I don't walk up to a stranger with a bald head and rub it. I don't approach guys with huge calves and pinch them. Why then, should a stranger approach me and touch my belly? It makes no sense to me.

Now that's not to say I'm keeping Little Elvis all to myself. Bob is welcome to touch the belly whenever he wants. My parents also had unlimited access, as do other family members. No friends have tried this. (Probably because they know I'm not fond of getting touched by others - I'm one of those people who refuses to get a massage. Why would I want a stranger rubbing me?)

The columnist was a woman. I'm not sure if she'd had any children. Maybe she's one of those touchy-feely people. If so, then I'm sure she doesn't mind strangers groping her belly. But she shouldn't just write a column letting the people who read it think that it's perfectly acceptable to reach out and touch a stranger's pregnant belly.

I say look all you want, but don't touch. And if you feel the need to touch, at least ask first. And then, keep the touch very short and don't poke!

Back to my rap song. Some of my sorority sisters in college would sing this song. There are a couple of possibilities on the title: "Sally" or maybe "Ooh, Sally, that girl."

The chorus from the song (if I'm remembering correctly) went, "Don't touch the booty, or I won't touch you. Don't touch the booty, cause it's not the thing to do."

I've, of course, rewritten it. Here's my version: "Don't touch the belly and I won't touch you. Don't touch the belly, cause it's not the thing to do."

Maybe if hum or sing my version in public it will keep prying hands away.

Have any of you experienced this? What did you do?


Anonymous Caerynn said...

We are in the home stretch! I don't have a problem with people touching the belly. Maybe I look more scary than cute. ;-)

My biggest issue right now is lack of sleep. It's difficult to get the four year old to nap in the afternoons. The 2 year old is not a problem. Much of the time, when I do get to sleep, Bunny Scratch jumps so vigorously that I'm unable to sleep well enough. All night with the party in the womb.

Hang in there, and keep blogging!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous taraden said...

I have had a few people come up to me and touch my belly, and I find it a little weird too. And these people were people I barely know. I didn't really say anything to them at the time, because I didn't want to seem like a bitch. The only person I don't mind touching my belly is Neil, my bf. I love it when he has his hands on my belly. If I have any tummy pains they seem to hurt just a little less if his hand is there!

12:44 PM  
Anonymous ann said...

I've always carried my extra pudge around the middle. Before I got pregnant, I hated it even when people would put their arms around my waist (like it a photo), nevermind things like being tickled.

Now that I'm pregnant, however, for the first time in my life, I actually don't mind. Now, I haven't had a lot of people trying to touch me. But my first stranger touch produced more shock and not so much repulsion.

A Japanese friend told me that an old Japanese saying is "rubbing a pregnant woman's belly makes you pregnant." Maybe this is also a good deterrent to the stranger?

8:35 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

What the hell?!? Bellies (as well as all body parts for either sex) are off limits unless you ask first! I haven't had complete strangers touching me, but a few "aquaintances" have, and it's weird.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

I'm glad some of you guys agree with me.
A co-worker did rub the belly today, but it was more to make fun of my aversion to strangers. I was ok with that.
I'm so sorry about the sleep caerynn. Little Elvis doesn't wake me up, but he keeps me up once I've gone to the bathroom. I think he's practicing rockin' dance moves like the "King."

10:48 PM  
Blogger The Frog Princess said...

I loathe the tummy touchers. The only person with unlimited belly access is my Frog and even he usually waits until I'm asleep before he does the deed because he knows I don't like it very much. I see it as a total invasion of my personal space and I think that everyone (other than the Frog) should ask for permission before touching the tummy. However, if someone does try it, I usually turn to the side and tell them that if they'd like to keep their hand they should get it away from my belly. I always tell them that while smiling though and, luckily, no one seems to have been offended so far!

5:12 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Thanks for the advice Frog Princess! I'll have to use that tactic should anyone approach the belly sans permission.

8:41 PM  

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