While I love that others around me are excited by my baby bump, especially now that it's rather prominent, I can't help but be frustrated by those who feel the need to touch. While I may be (as I was told by a coworker) "filled with child", it is still my body the last time I checked.
I wouldn't mind so much if people asked before touching... but many just reach their hands right on over as if they're entitled to touch me. At a friend's baby shower the other night, this girl that I used to work with (and never liked) just reached right over and started rubbing my stomach. Hello invasion of privacy!
Worse are the people who have asked, were told "no", and still proceed to touch. Sadly, that has happened more times than is anyway acceptable.
I get that it's exciting, and cool to feel. Truly I do. I just can't help but feel violated, especially since I've always been self-conscious about my body. Although I love my baby bump, and find it to be an amazing miracle... I still feel big. As much as I try to remind myself that I'm "pregnant big" it often just feels like "fat big" so being reminded of my size by hands all over my stomach... just makes me feel like screaming at people, and wearing this-------------------------->