After knowing I didn't want to be touched and am now aggrivated by the situation, we go outside to say by to everyone at the end of mass and her hand comes in contact, yet again, with my bump! My son was not happy because he kicked so hard I think he broke a rib. I left it alone and we left. I spoke with my husband about it and how to address it because I didn't want to make waves for him, at the time we saw them somewhat often. He was upset almost as much as I was by the fact that I was touched by theis woman who I was not close with, at all, without even asking, in the midst of a memorial mass. We saw her the following day and I addressed it with her and told her I really didn't appreciate being touched without her even asking me. She apologized and moved on...to the next time she touched my bump without asking. Only the next time, she poked my belly, not feel the baby, poked..hard! I think it goes without saying we don't see them that often.
At any rate, the moral of my story is it happens to the best of us. Many people just like to touch the baby bump and it is one of those things, along with all the other "joys" of pregnancy we must deal with. It is 100% okay to let someone know if they have crossed the line and they have made you uncomfortable in any way! There are times where it is completely appropriate and very comforting when people touch the bump and they feel him or her kick and move, but never feel obligated to let someone touch when unwelcome. I have made maternity shirts that read "Touch the bump Baby gives you a lump" with little baby feet. Having a shirt like this pretty much sums it up and will give humor to the awkward situation of bump touching! Contact me at my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through twitter
https://twitter.com/helpingmomstone or on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/trish.moise if you are interested in purchasing one! I hope this gave you some humor and answered you're question on how to handle bump touching! Stay tuned for my next post on proper stretches and workouts for expecting mommas! Keep em' coming! Thanks so much for the support!