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My Belly is for Others

I personally would never touch a woman's pregnant belly but I see it happen all the time. People are always trying to touch my wife's belly when she's pregnant (which is often) and at first it freaked me out and now it still freaks me out but I understand it (a little):

The first time a stranger touched my newly pregnant belly, I wanted to politely take her fingers and peel them off one by one.

I was only eight weeks pregnant and, while my husband and I were thrilled about this unexpected gift of life, my pregnancy still felt very private. I certainly was not showing yet, and it felt strange to have my abdomen touched because my abdomen was not normally touched by strangers and what she was actually touching was my intestinal tract, while my tiny baby nestled safely amidst my pelvic frame.
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