Pregaining pregnant women will often have a “thumbs up” or “thumb down” gesture with their hands, as they are expecting the baby.
But the gesture is usually accompanied by a fist and they might not actually hit their partner with it.
“I’m really not sure what it means.
Is it just an acknowledgement, or is it a signal that you are excited and ready to go?”
Brent Smith, professor of nursing at the University of Queensland, told the ABC.
“A lot of pregnant women do a fist-fist gesture and it’s not like the pregnant woman is making a sign saying, ‘Here’s my baby’.”
Smith said pregnant women may be unconsciously signaling their intention to have their baby.
“The thing that’s important about it is that the gesture signals that you’re excited and you’re ready to do the work of parenting and being pregnant, and the gesture may not be intended for that purpose,” he said.
“In that case, the fist-and-thumbs-down gesture may be a signal of, ‘No, I’m not pregnant.'”
Smith said gesturing to pregnant women is also a signal to their partners.
He said the gesture could be a way to communicate that a pregnant woman needs help.
“When someone’s going through a really challenging time and they’re in a really bad situation, it’s really important to get your partner’s attention so that you don’t lose that opportunity,” he explained.
“You can’t just hold your hand out to your partner and say, ‘Look, I need to get you through this’.”
That’s a sign that you need to be able to deal with it and be able help.
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