Back in April, Ellie Kemper announced that she and her husband Michael are expecting their first child. Fast forward to now, three months later, when the actress is really starting to show. There’s a list of things she enjoys about being pregnant, like eating Ben & Jerry’s every other night with no guilt, but there are also some downsides. Namely, people touching her baby bump without permission.
You might think, Who would just touch a pregnant woman’s belly without asking first? But in Ellie’s experience, when some people see a pregnant woman, they feel like they have permission to touch freely. But that is not okay.
“Now I’m showing and 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 something that now belongs to me and I can touch it,” she said on TODAY Sunday. “It’s actually crazy.”
Yep — total strangers. But apparently, Ellie has also experienced the same thing with close friends.
“It was just odd. I’m not a very touchy feeling comfortable person so with someone touching me, I’m like, ‘Ahh personal space violation,’” she continued. “In a way, I think it’s a nice reminder of humanity, but then I quickly go back to the idea that you wouldn’t do this if I wasn’t pregnant.”
Chances are you aren’t going to run into a pregnant Ellie Kemper, but this advice still rings true across the board: The next time you see anybody pregnant, celebrity or not, please don’t just reach out and assume you have free reign to touch their stomach. It’s best to keep your hands to yourself.