She posted a picture of herself on the internet in the last month of her pregnancy

Meg Ireland, a parenting blogger, revealed private pregnancy images in a mother’s group on social media. Now she is warning about posting pregnancy photos online after hers ended up on a pregnancy fetish site.

When you upload your baby bump pic to social media, you probably think only your friends and family are checking it out.

Unfortunately, it turns out these innocent pictures can be, and have been, stolen by strangers and posted on porn sites for ‘preggophiles’.

Yes, preggophilia is a thing; people are getting off on pregnant bellies.

One mummy blogger, Meg Ireland, was horrified to find out 15 of her pregnancy images had been set up on a porn site of pregnant women for people to ogle at — in a disgusting way.

Now she is warning other mums about the dangers of cyber space.

“I see so many people upload their bump pics and now I just gasp and hope to god they don’t get into the hands of someone they shouldn’t,” she wrote on Facebook.

“We shouldn’t have to worry about people stealing our photos, but unfortunately it happens all the time.”

Meg told Kidspot: “It never occurred to me that people would be totally into a tired, hormonal sweat ball. But they are, so please be aware when sharing pictures online of a growing baby belly.”

She was first alerted about the site when a friend sent it through about eight months ago.

“My bump was a pretty out there bump, many of my friends recognised it from a mile away,” she said.

“I was initially taken aback but I didn’t think too much of it at first until I realised that more than one of my photos had been taken — about 15 all up.”

The person who stole Meg’s photos posed as a mum in an online mother’s group page, and also lured other people in the group to share their own bump photos.

“When I was scrolling through this god-awful site trying to find where this thread was, I saw some pretty f**ked up sh**,” Meg said.

“The most alarming thing was the fact that there were so many unauthorised pictures. There were photos of pregnant people just going about their day in a shopping centre.

Meg was mortified to see people uploading photographs of their growing wives to other users, “brother in laws uploading pictures of their sister in laws, and women uploading pictures of their work colleagues”.

“I literally couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she said.

Another woman, who also had photos stolen — and a member of the Multiple Births Association of Australia — alerted the police.

Meg doesn’t regret sharing the photos, but did shut down her old Instagram account, and moved to a different one.

“It’s the internet, I know these sorts of things happen all the time, but I was more concerned about how they were used. I don’t share half as much as I did previously,” she said.

While some people would blame Meg for the photos ending up on the porn site, uploading them in the first place, she blames the online thieves. She wants all women to have the freedom to share their body in a positive way without it being used for a degrading purpose.

“I didn’t care that someone had screenshot my photo to show someone, it’s what they did with my photos that made me physically sick in my stomach,” she said.

However she did warn other expectant mums to be cautious about who is following their social media account and to block them if they “look creepy”.

“We should be able to share pictures of our lives. It just really frustrates me that people are still getting away with stealing people’s pictures and calling them their own.”

Since her Facebook post went public, Meg has been criticised for shaming people who have fetishes.

“I totally understand people have fetishes, I am not shaming them in any way. All I ask is for them to stop stealing people’s pictures and taking photos of people without their authority.”

Pregnancy support groups in Australia and New Zealand warned expectant mothers in April last year to be careful about posting pictures of their naked pregnant bellies, after the pictures had been showing up on pregnancy porn sites, the ABC reports.

The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) explained that these pregnancy fetishists have been joining pregnancy groups under pseudonyms and then downloading bump pics for their own use. “People are posing as parents or expectant mums of twins or more and joining Facebook groups and sharing a photo of their pregnant belly and asking others to share theirs,” Ali Mountfield from AMBA told the ABC.

It’s not the first time innocent family photos have been used to titillate strangers. Kidspot has previously reported on the sickening trend of people stealing photos of children and babies to use on role playing sites, where members pretend the children in the photos are their real babies, and ‘adopt’ and ‘swap’ them as part of elaborate games.


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