What is it about being pregnant that makes people you don't even know think you'd just loooove for them to come over and touch your belly? I don't really get it, and neither does expectant actress Ellie Kemper, who sounded off about strangers getting handsy with her bump during a recent Today show appearance.
"I don't know what goes through a person's mind, a stranger's mind, no less, when they think, 'Oh yes, your stomach is now something that belongs to me and I can touch it,'" Kemper told host Willie Geist.
The hilarious and adorable "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star, who is expecting her first child with husband Michael Koman, continued her rant, saying, "It's actually crazy. In a way I think it's a nice reminder of humanity, but then I got quickly back to the idea that you wouldn't do this if I weren't pregnant."
Exactly! No one has ever come up to me out of the blue to pet my tummy when I'm not growing a human being inside of it.
Kemper declares she'd prefer everyone, even close friends and family, just keep their distance from her growing bump, at any stage of her baby's development. "I'm like, 'Ugh. There's a space violation,'" she proclaimed about incessant tummy-touching. "But also they were just touching my digestion, there was nothing quite there [early on in my pregnancy], just a pea, nothing to fawn over."
Ellie, I totally get it. The sudden attention to your mid-section when you're pregnant can feel awkward and weird; no doubt! But I do feel the need to also defend the tummy-touchers out there, just a teeny, tiny, eensy, weensy bit. From my experience being pregnant three times, most people really do mean well and are not trying to invade your space. There's just something about a pregnant woman that makes everyone happy, or nostalgic, or excited.
And just wait. Once your baby is born, you'll truly go nuts when strangers think it's okay to touch your newborn!
Do you think it's cute or crazy when people try to touch your pregnant belly?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.