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Staring at my bump!

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    alibali is offline Registered User
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    Staring at my bump!

    This is a bit of a strange question... I am 7 months, almost 8 months, pregnant and since I've started to show, local chinese seem to be openly staring at my bump. Some slow down to look or practically turn theirs heads 360 degrees. I don't wear crop tops or such, but sometimes my belly does pop out a little from underneath my t shirts and sometimes my tops are a bit snug around my belly, but I am by no means letting it all hang out. Also, I am taking antenatal exercise classes at Tsan Yuk, and every time the midwife comes to me to check a position, she pulls down my shirt or pulls up my pants to cover my belly (she smiles when she does it). So my question is, am I offending chinese by wearing tight clothing or by showing any part of my belly? Thanks!

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    Traditional Chinese believe if part of the belly is exposed, it would be easier for the baby/you to catch a cold and that is not good for both the baby's or your health. That's why you don't see may Chinese pregnant women with exposed bellies and I guess that's the reason for the midwife to cover your belly after the check-up. I think it's just a cultural thing...don't worry... :o)

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    I've noticed it too (I'm about 30 weeks) and other pregnant friends have mentioned the same thing so you are not alone. A lot of locals seem to wear big tent dresses (which make me look even bigger and i imagine would be hot) but i guess it is a cultural thing. i tend to wear more fitted things and although I try not to have my belly hanging out sometimes I don't notice until I notice someone looking!

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    The staring must be quite annoying. I'm 19 weeks pregnant and still get away with 'just being fat' :-)

    I also think that most people like to just look at pregnant women. So do I but I certainly don't stare, though. That's rude.

    A lot of pregnant women look stunning so that could also be a big reason for being stared at!:woman

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    Have also experienced the staring! People seem to stare at my bump regardless of wether any of it is showing or not! It use to really annoy me at first- it felt like they'd never seen a pregnant woman before!

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    i'm chinese & when i was pregnant, i only wore regular t-shirts & low rise pants. my bump was always showing, and every time i see the older generation who r more conservative, they'd comment on the way i'm showing my bump, and they'd ask me why i don't wear tent dress or empire tops, i'd say, "hey, why hide my baby in a tent dress? i'm proud to be pregnant!"

    so it is a cultural thing. if you hang out in central or causway bay here they people are more westernized, they r better.

    but hey, wear whatever makes you feel pretty, happy & comfortable! you're not gonna be pregnant forever (altho it might feel that way ) so do whatever makes you & the little one inside happy. enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!

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    It's good to hear that it's not just happening to me then. If I'm not offending anyone, then I'll continue to wear my tighter clothes. I feel as big as a house as is, without baggy clothes adding to it! Plus, I'm proud to show off my bump! Thanks for your replies.

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    I had one couple walk passed me, then slow down to let me go by them and then catch me up again; the whole time staring and pointing. I almost got a t-shirt printing saying, yes I'm pregnant.

    All the staring whilst I was pregnant, however, was nothing compared to the staring and pointing I get now that my son is foward facing in the sling. I now have some insight into what it must be like to be famous. Most of the time I try to be gracious and smile. I know my son is beautiful and cute, but it can be quite tiring to keep smiling.

    Jools

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