Pregnant bellies - to touch or not to touch? That is the early morning question. Having been caressed by more strangers than a puppy at the pound, I can say with absolute certainty that I loathe it. Yes it's practically irresistible (so round!) but it's still my stomach. (If someone went around stroking the bellies of non-pregnant strangers, the cops would be called.) Yet I can't quite bring myself to tell people to stop. It seems rude somehow, like I'm shunning a hug. (Which, coming from a stranger, I would.) I'm sure there's a way of handling this politely but for the life of me I can't think how. Slapping peoples' hands away seems a touch reactive. Anyone else get weirded out by this? Or did you enjoy the attention?
(Friends and family, you are welcome to touch. Just let me know it's coming first.)