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Pregnant Ellie Kemper put off by strangers' baby bump boldness

Published 05/07/2016

Ellie Kemper
Ellie Kemper

Pregnant Ellie Kemper admits she has no idea what to do as a parent.

Mum-to-be Ellie Kemper cannot understand why strangers feel free to touch her baby bump without permission and violate her personal space.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star is just weeks away from welcoming her first child, but if there's one thing she's been left astounded by from her pregnancy journey, it's the willingness of complete strangers to rub her stomach without asking.

"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 told America's The Today Show. "It's actually crazy. 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!"

Ellie was even left unnerved when her friends and family would reach out and touch her stomach in the early weeks of her pregnancy when she was barely showing.

"It was just odd. I'm not a very touchy-feely comfortable person so with someone touching me, I'm like, 'Ahh, personal space violation!'" she joked. "It was like touching my digestion. There was nothing quite there, just a pea, nothing to fawn over."

Even with the uncomfortable encounters, Ellie, who is married to writer Michael Koman, is preparing for parenthood the best she can, despite the natural apprehensiveness that comes with being a first-time mother.

"When you start feeling the baby kick, you realise there's a person inside and that pregnancy is very different from having a person you're responsible for, for the rest of your life," she admitted. "I don't know what I'm doing, but then I have to remind myself no parent does, right?"

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