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Strangers behaving well

July 29, 2011

I’d heard about this crazy phenomenon. Turns out, the rumors are true. People ARE nicer to pregnant women.

Strangers smile at me. Cars wait until after the light has turned green even if I haven’t finished crossing the street yet.

And I’ve just entered  the phase where strange women in public places start talking to me or just yelling encouragement. On a Sunday morning walk, a lovely lady called to me from halfway across the street. “Hey mama,” she yelled, “you getting ready for baby? Good for you!”

Look but don't touch

I’ve heard the touching phase  may also start soon as I show more. Not dirty inappropriate touching, but strangers caressing my belly. I’m not so keen on that.

When my husband rubs the belly, I find it comforting. Soothing, even. I don’t have a problem with friends rubbing the Buddha belly either. But strangers all up in my business? No thanks.

I know I’m not alone in this. A Google search uncovered lots of don’t-touch-my-belly venting by others. It’s all just very new to me as I enter the depths of my third trimester with my first. At least I don’t have strangers talking baby talk to me, like this Babble blogger!

Maybe I’ll make a T-shirt: Look but Don’t Touch.

And on the back, I’ll put: But You Should Still Be Nice.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2011 05:04

    Agree people should keep hands to themselves! I had a lady grab me while shopping once and it totally took me by surprise…

    What is worse is when their germy hands start touching your baby!

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  2. Robin permalink
    August 1, 2011 06:47

    I think that’s a weird Berkeley thing to yell across the street to you. I never had that happpen, I never even heard of that. I also don’t remember any inappropriate belly touches or baby touching. Maybe people in San Jose have an awareness of personal space.

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    • August 1, 2011 08:19

      Touching pregnant women’s bellies too politically incorrect for Berkeley? Very possible. I’ll keep you posted.

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