Protecting a Pregnant Belly – Should I Even Worry About This?

by Melanie Edwards on April 13, 2010 · 22 comments

in Pregnancy

Toddler Touching Pregnant Belly

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One of my main worries about a second pregnancy is the worry that my daughter may accidentally hit my pregnant belly. This may seem like a silly fear, but the fact is that my baby girl still likes to climb up on my lap or crawl on top of me when we’re cuddling. And she’s not exactly the definition of grace – I mean, she’s only 4. Wild, eccentric, and silly are all appropriate words to use when describing her.

Even though we’re still trying to conceive, I’m already thinking about ways I can protect my future baby bump. Just how do I keep my daughter away from my belly without rejecting her cuddles? Is it a matter of finding new positions for cuddling or do I need to keep her away altogether?

So far we’ve started telling her that she can’t press down on mommy’s belly and that she has to be careful near it. This has resulted in her thinking we’re taking too long to get pregnant because every time she asks, we say there’s no baby in my belly yet. Still, though, I worry this might not be enough.

Will she remember as my belly grows bigger and bigger? Will I have to walk around with my hands in front of me at all times ready to stop her? I feel like I need the equivalent of a protective cup for my bellydo they make those?

I know I’m not the only crazy chica out there with these worries. I did a quick search and found many sites and forums with questions from pregnant women worried about their toddlers and younger kids hitting their belly. In many cases, they had already been hit, kicked, or jumped on – eek!

Am I over thinking it? Is this in fact a silly fear that I’ll come to realize will take care of itself? Or is there something I could be saying to my child now to prepare her for the future growth of my pregnant belly?

I’d love to hear your personal stories, advice, or thoughts. Share them with me in the comments below!

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1 PJ Mullen April 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

No, you have a very valid issue in this. My son is two now and he loves to climb on mommy. She's almost 30 weeks along right now with our baby girl and we've been pretty free of incidents. Whenever he starts his ascent, one of us will put him back down and tell him he needs to watch out for baby sister.

Whenever she starts kicking we take his hand and let him feel. I'm not sure that is really doing anything, but sometimes he'll come up to my wife, place his hand on her belly and if the baby isn't kicking he goes “Shhh, baby seeping”. It's pretty darn cute.

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2 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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3 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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4 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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5 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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6 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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7 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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8 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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9 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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10 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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11 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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12 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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13 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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14 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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15 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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16 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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17 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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18 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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19 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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20 modernmami April 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

That’s absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I’m glad to hear you’ve been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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21 modernmami April 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm

That's absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I'm glad to hear you've been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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22 modernmami April 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

That's absolutely adorable. I think letting him feel the movement definitely does something – makes it more tangible for him. I'm glad to hear you've been free of incidents, though. Good to know. And…congrats again to you and your wife!

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