That’s the question a woman asked me while reading an article about pregnancy and sex in a banking hall.
I told her I got no damn clue.
So I decided to research the topic at home and share it with you guys.
So let’s get right into it…
You see, humans have all sorts of sexual preferences that you may not already know about unless you dive deep into learning about them.
In rare cases, some people’s sexuality may be confusing and weird.
You may call the behaviors fetish, but there is a fine line between sexual fetishes and illegal sexual behaviors that are also associated with the term paraphilia.
You may also have many unanswered questions about diverse sexual orientations and wonder why people are turned on sexually in different ways.
We’ll examine one of the many sexual orientations you may not be aware of – preggophilia.
What Will I Learn?
What is Preggophilia?
Preggophilia means sexual attraction to pregnant women.
This also extends to the idea of fantasies and sexual arousal from the presence of a pregnant woman.
Some men and even some women may be sexually aroused by different features and behaviors relating to pregnancy.
A related phrase to this is ‘pregnancy fetishism,’ also known as maiesiophilia, and some Internet urban dictionaries refer to persons who find pregnant women sexually stimulating as preggophiles.
If you are just learning of the word ‘preggophilia’ in 2020, you are not alone, it is not a popular term for most people.
It may not also be a concern for many people, even those who are attracted to pregnant women.
Preggophilia is a combination of the word Preggo and philia.
Preggo is slang used to refer to pregnant women, which is often considered an offensive word to many people here in the United States, and rightly so.
Philia usually appears as a suffix in some words, which means fondness or an abnormal love for something.
Sometimes preggophi refers to men who have philia for pregnant women.
History of Preggophilia: Etymology
The usage of the word preggophilia may not be as old as its synonymous term maiesiophilia, which has a much older usage.
Not so much information about the etymology of both words exists online, but it is essential to note the available information.
From the days of old, thousands of years ago, images idolize women and fertility.
We know that somewhere between the 1980s and early 1990s, the term maiesiophilia was used, although it may not have been popular in those days as it is today.
From 2002 to 2006, wikis on maiesiophilia were present, but they appeared to fade because of misconceptions and negativities associated with it, especially with pedophilia.
Reports also show a significant spike in the usage of the word preggophilia in 2014, with a close to 20% increase in the use in search according to p*rn keyword analysis.
How does Preggophilia Start?
In mind, anything is possible!
However, it is worth noting that even if several people may have a similar experience on the physical, you cannot say with absolute certainty that you will be able to reproduce these complex life experiences and get an exact expected result.
Perhaps a better way to look at this may be to consider how one could begin to develop their orientation as a preggophile or preggophi.
1) It all starts in the mind: nursing a thought can reinforce the idea
Whether good or bad, how we behave and our actions towards others depend on how we view them in our minds.
It is not impossible to predict human behaviors in certain situations, but we may not be able to honestly claim that specific exact thoughts would trigger the same type of experience for someone.
2) Naturally: It could start from a feeling
The preggophile may not be able to explain quickly how they come to have a stronger attraction toward pregnant women.
They may just realize what it is later, but the feeling would have just been there for as long as they’d remember.
How one may develop a feeling of love and become attracted to a pregnant woman may be just like how they may develop the same feelings for any other person who may not be pregnant.
3) Social and Psychological Factors
Various social factors can shape a person’s sexual orientation and how they learn about it.
It may be from a unique experience that they might have had, and they may not even remember it.
Some social factors that could encourage preggophilia include;
I) Peer Factors: Influence from peers, Peer Pressure
Generally, if many people forbid the idea of a particular sexual orientation, those belonging to that group would likely try to suppress that behavior, but if their friends support it, it will encourage the orientation.
So just when close friends accept an idea, their other friends may begin to see reasons to accept it, the same way friends could encourage preggophilia.
II) Social and Cultural Backgrounds:
There are various ways that social backgrounds can shape how people perceive preggophilia in both men and women.
The media also plays a massive role in how some negative beliefs people have about pregnancy generally and the extremes of fetishes.
4) Paying attention to where others may not care about
It is likely that some men may have a closer bonding because they try their best to look after their wives during pregnancy.
Men giving such attention and care could also translate into them giving enough attention to their duty in the inner room.
On the other hand, most men who would not care as much could be missing out on that level of intimacy.
This kind of behavior could be because of people’s misconceptions about preggophilia or their beliefs about pregnancy.
It is not strange for some cultures to see sexual relations with pregnant women as taboo, whereas other cultures would have no issues with it.
At another extreme, it is also the case that some men don’t like to spend time with their pregnant wives but instead stay away from home for a long time.
In typical cases, couples may have sex generally without having any fetishes as any preggophilia would.
But there are not much accurate data on men fetishizing their pregnant wives.
Other Factors that may encourage Preggophilia
Consider that preggophilia can be seen more realistically as how men perceive pregnant women to be sexually attractive than as a condition that must make them have an uncontrollable sexual urge.
For this reason, there is a reason to put in some efforts in educating people on general knowledge in topics of human sexuality and sex education as well.
The factors below could help people to perceive preggophilia in a more positive light as well;
A better understanding of Human Sexuality
Having a better understanding of human sexuality generally can make a difference in how you view your sexual orientation and that of others.
If you choose to learn more about human sexuality, it can open new ways for you to better understand your sexual orientation and that of your partner.
This knowledge will help you to know how to adjust your behavior to suit different situations in your relationship.
Knowledge of Physiological Changes in Pregnant Women
Pregnant women may have an increased desire to engage in sex at some points during their pregnancy because of hormonal changes in their bodies.
So it makes sense from a physiological point that a kind of readiness on the part of the pregnant woman will undoubtedly be there.
Knowing that his pregnant partner may need sex, a man may have a sense of greater satisfaction in seeing that they are there at these points of intense desire.
With this sort of understanding, there could be more leaning towards the whole idea of preggophilia.
Mind you, there may be decreased interest in sexual activities as well during some stages of pregnancy, so it is no excuse to avoid consent.
For some typical reasons, pregnant women may not feel okay having sex and so because of its pains.
Symptoms of Preggophilia: How does someone know they have Pregophilia?
Some people may have gone through some experience and may even secretly ask themselves the question, “am I a preggophile?”
The following checklist provides some helpful information on knowing if someone could have a condition related to preggophilia.
In rare cases, a sexual condition could be reported, and it would need some attention from medical practitioners.
The following symptoms below are possible and can be looked up at diagnosis information portals as well.
Do you discover that you spend a significantly large amount of time thinking about pregnant women?
Do you feel the need to have sex when you see pregnant women?
Do you have intense sexual fantasies about pregnant women from time to time?
Do you hardly have sexual gratification unless there is a role play involving your partner appearing pregnant?
Have you noticed that you find yourself visiting preggophilliac websites too often?
Usually, even with these signs, it is possible to retrace steps from an excessive obsession unless there is a need for psychiatric assistance.
What causes Preggophilia
Although there are more researches to be done in this area, from what we know, the causes of preggophilia could be classified into the following categories;
Other sexual conditions, psychological reasons, mental health conditions, and natural associations lead to a philia.
1) The Sexual Imprinting Hypothesis
This hypothesis states that exposing a child to a specific stimulus early in life would cause a sexual preference in adulthood with the same stimulus.
The study found that older siblings are more likely to develop an attraction to pregnant women than those who never witnessed the birth of any younger siblings.
2) Sexual Conditions Leading to Preggophilia
It is always good when you have an all-around perfect state of health.
However, it is also possible to have situations where unknown sexual conditions that are unique to an individual could lead them to philias for pregnant women.
Although it is not easy to establish a clear-cut relationship, more studies into this in the future could help provide insight into the possibility that one pre-existing sexual condition could lead to a preggophilia case.
3) Effects of Testosterone in men
Our hormones shape actions and human sexual behaviors, but the presence of pregnant women could trigger their activity, as explained by studies.
In Aaron’s book, Modern Sexuality, he explains that testosterone has been shown to influence a predisposition to fetishist interests.
It is no surprise that males make up a more significant portion of the pregnancy fetish community.
Object-Oriented Fetishism means being aroused by objects or visuals, and the fact that it is in men than women is worth looking at.
Also, the fact that it is more predominantly common because of testosterone in men has gained some focus in studies.
4) Mental Health Condition
Technically, preggophilia fetishism may fall into the case of a sexual condition if it becomes extreme.
Also, if it causes so much trouble to the patient that they become a mental health concern, there could be an established relationship between the conditions.
For instance, a paraphilic person may exhibit some of the same behaviors as a preggophili.
However, it is essential to be aware that people who find their pregnant partners adorable and treat them right sexually should not be slated for having a mental health condition.
5) Passive or Active Association by the brain
Don’t take it for granted that with visuals, some people could imagine more than they would have ordinarily.
There may be a causal relationship for some people when they see some related pictures of pregnant models in the media.
From the point of seeing some images online, they may develop ideas that may not be controllable by the original owner of these types of contents.
There may be debates about whether this type of association could be innocent or not.
Arguments could go as far as blaming the preggophiles, the pregnant woman in the images, or the media managers that put them up.
However, it is essential to maintain responsible behavior regarding various issues about people’s private lives and sexual orientations.
Should You be Worried about Preggophilia?
Generally, there should be no cause to worry about preggophilia as people can now access correct information about safe sex during pregnancy.
However, what could be disturbing about the trend is the various related cases of abuse that are associated with it.
Issues around infidelity with preggophiles targeting pregnant women should be discouraged.
If there is no sort of caution, more people could experience some negative impacts of Preggophilia.
Something like emotional distress from inappropriate photos to worrying about paying for related problems.
2) Social impact on individuals
You can imagine the distress that one would go through if their private pictures were being shared inappropriately.
Pregnant women and their partners should be worried about people on the dark side of the web stealing their photos.
Public criticisms about why these types of images are shared in the first place can be overwhelming to the owners.
Whereas pregnant women should feel the safest as well as women after childbirth (postpartum women), there should be more concern when their images are abused.
What about the future?
Imagine a rising trend in preggophilia leading to a more serious sexual or mental condition.
In an unlikely event of a scenario like this, the government would need to check it to some extent.
In the end, someone will have to pay for it if it worsens.
Precautions: How to avoid the problems associated with Preggophilia
1) Career: Don’t be a gynecologist if you cannot control yourself with pregnant women.
Well, this may not be the best advice ever, but you can imagine that some people’s careers may expose them to pregnant women more than others.
For those who may have the temptation from their jobs, it is best to seek advice and take necessary precautions.
A precaution, for example, would be attending to patients alongside another practitioner.
2) Seek professional help if you feel concerned about the condition
Even medical practitioners may need help with some conditions too.
So whatever the case may be, if you feel you cannot help yourself, I think seeking help earlier than not could be the best decision to take.
3) Beware of posting your pregnancy picture if you cannot bear the possible consequences
Remember the consequence that there are really bad people who could steal pregnancy photos and even share them on porn websites.
After Meg’s belly bump photos went viral, she had some heartfelt advice to share with other women.
[The takeaway from her experience is to be careful of posting your pregnancy photos online.
Even though most people think that women should never have to worry about sharing their photos in private groups…
…we cannot control what some deviant people would do.
4) Avoid spending a long time alone on Preggophilia P*rnographic websites
One such study by researchers at Cambridge University in 2015 found that p*rn has similar effects in sex addicts as drugs have on the brain.
Excessive consumption of preggophilia p*rn can cause loss of value, erectile dysfunction, isolation, and lack of confidence, among other possible adverse side effects it can have.
One of the implications of p*rn websites as preggophilia.com could promote preggophilia in a negative light.
Spending plenty of time on this type of website can lead to one falling deep into the fetish and may not enjoy regular sex again.
Preggophilia is not one of the best things to be addicted to, really.
Instead of wasting all those priceless time on preggophilia p*rn websites, which may lead to an addiction, other exciting things could be done to replace those gratifications.
5) Don’t covet your neighbor’s wife
The fact that pregnant women have a softness and glow that makes them attractive is not a reason to commit adultery with them.
They may also seek attention too, but this should not be an excuse to fall into the temptation of preggophelia adultery or the evil of rape.
Remember the biblical law, “thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife,…”
In many cultures, I guess adultery is not something to be proud of.
Even though p*rn websites would sell wild ideas as it feeds the lustful demands in the industry, the real world is real.
No matter the religious inclination of most men, they will not take adultery lightly, especially with their pregnant wives.
They may not be forgiving if they discover a case of preggophilia infidelity.
Again, how about doing to others what you would not mind others doing to you?
6) Avoid online forums where users glamourize disturbing or violent sexual behaviors
You may have heard of sections of the Internet called ‘the dark web’, where people are allowed to be crazy.
With just a few clicks on computers connected to the Internet, you may find yourself in this dark web territory.
Immediately you feel that some groups or forums are not as decent enough as they should be, try to report them if you can and get out of there.
The best gift to give to your mind is to not feed it with some filthy thoughts but positive ideas instead.
Mind how you comment on related issues: Think twice about commenting on certain multimedia to avoid possible profiling.
You may wonder if ‘profiling’ should be a concern in a preggophili discussion, but these days, nothing is impossible.
7) Avoid all P*rnography altogether
One fetish could quickly be developed from exposure to p*rnographic content.
It has been found that people generally crave more and more extreme from an addiction to one type of p*rn.
You can see why staying away from p*rn content makes sense.
On the whole, it makes sense because one can avoid problems that connect to preggophilia if they are not negatively influenced by p*rnography.
Preggophilia, to a large extent, would not be the culprit in criminal cases related to abuse.
8) Try to deal with a Preggophilia Addiction
Some people may crave new photos of pregnancy fetishes on preggophilia porn sites because of an addiction to it.
If that is the case, it would be necessary to seek help.
Most people will not directly go to a psychiatrist for help, but they may try to help themselves.
A helpful idea for self-help therapy might be for the individual to engage in activities that will occupy them in different ways by way of distraction from the thoughts of preggophilia.
Where self-help does not work, psychotherapy is the way to go for those who may have a preggophilia fetish.
9) Don’t steal other people’s photos
If the owners of a picture can prove that a particular person stole their photo, that could be serious trouble.
With forensics technologies available these days, it will be easier to track media content illegally acquired.
10) Beware of the type of media you share via social media
It could be easy to interact with social media content online, sometimes without being very critical about them.
In this social media age, it is good to think twice about giving a favorite, love, like, wow, sad, or angry to social media posts.
Also, how you share posts or comments can make people judge you, which may not be fair.
Again, how media generally impacts the ideas and issues of preggophilia is worth a little more focus.
Impacts of Media on Preggophilia Reporting and Conversations
Media, no doubt, impacts various spheres of our lives, but what are the overarching views of various media about preggophilia and related issues?
Generally, the mainstream media have reasonable coverage of sexually related matters and are very objective about the issues around it.
On the other hand, social media is where there are broad conversations about this, and related issues are seen quickly.
Social media may be more accessible but also has limited controls or censorship.
1) Monitoring the growing trend of Preggophilia
Available media gives insight into how the term has become more popular than before.
The general trend, like an increase in the search volume of the word and synonymous related key terms, is very significant.
It shows that there is increasingly more concern about the matters around preggophilia, which suggests that it should be given more attention.
2) Shedding lights on the good and bad
It appears that mainstream media tend to highlight more of the issues only when they become a public stir.
I think the media should generally give educational content on the matter of sexual orientation a better priority.
Concerning providing educational content on preggophilia, more information has been found on authority blogs and professionals in health, medical and human sexuality journals and articles.
3) Body Images Perception in Pregnant Women
While it was initially thought that media images on the internet might be promoting a positive outlook, there is a difference between how media images are perceived and critiques of the overall reporting on issues around it.
I think this also makes a case for the media’s potential to better educate people on social issues.
People criticize magazines and publications every time, but there should be good intent in showing images in a positive light.
This work is essential in determining how conversations could be better conducted.
The test group of women shown glamourized magazine images of pregnant or postpartum women reportedly had a lower body image after only five minutes of exposure.
4) Setting standards for Overall ethical Engagements
Censorship provided by the mainstream media is needed to set the tone for overall conversations.
There is a level of decency that media people who provide information about preggophilia and the related issues bring to society.
In the end, within ourselves, we see how public media can shape general opinion.
Impacts of Preggophilia on Family Life
Generally, we know that most issues around preggophilia revolve around the family.
But how does this affect the whole unit that makes up the family?
We look at some of the concerns that would be related to the family.
1) Preggophilia and Kids
It is generally agreed that pedophilia is unrelated to men having a sexual attraction to women.
Kids should be safe even if their parents have fetishistic practices unless there is a direct established relationship to children being exposed to such practices early on.
Studies may have been done to find out if first children exposed to their mums having new babies reinforced preggophilia, but there is no bad influence from that on children.
Unborn babies will not be significantly affected by safe pregnancy sex by mothers either unless there is a complication.
The description of how the muscles in the mother’s womb protect the baby, how amniotic fluid provides cushion, plus protection from the cervix is quite impressive.
You can imagine that usually, the unborn baby would be safe during pregnancy sex.
For many people who are afraid that intercourse or orgasm can destroy the baby and cause a miscarriage or preterm labor, the experts in Medical News Today would say there is nothing to worry about in the case of a healthy pregnancy.
2) Preggophilia Sex and Expectant Mothers
It is suitable for pregnant women to have relief from being able to have safe sex.
However, there are some points to take note of;
Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe?
Both women and partners may be concerned about safe sex during pregnancy.
Taboos and subjective beliefs aside, professional advice should be followed regarding engaging in sex during pregnancy.
From what the medical professionals say about sexual intercourse;
The answer is YES in normal conditions but NO in cases where there are medical reasons to abstain.
An excellent place to check for reasons the doctor might say no to sex is Webmd.com which should have reliable information.
Good positions, warning on oral and anal sex.
It is clear that intercourse or sex is safe except for the case of complications in pregnancy, but there are obvious reasons you have to make adjustments while engaging in sexual activity in typical cases.
The most common case when it might be a bad idea to have sex while pregnant is if any bleeding is noticed.
If this happens or there is abnormal fluid flow, the couples should see their doctors immediately.
Choosing good positions that will not pressure the belly while having pregnant sex is advised.
Positions where the pregnant woman can control the pace by being on top are best, or the man lay side by side behind the woman.
For oral sex, caution should be taken to avoid air blown inside the vagina to avoid an air embolism which is air blocking a blood vessel.
If this happens, it can be unsafe for a pregnant woman and the unborn baby.
To avoid air being blown during oral sex, other forms of oral sex, such as sticking the tongue in the vagina, are advised, as seen in BabyCenter’s blog.
Anal sex should be generally safe if vaginal sex does not follow immediately after it.
An anal penetration followed by vaginal intercourse could lead to bacterial infection inside the vagina.
3) Men and Preggophilia
Men may not bear the direct physical impact of pregnancy but will bear the emotional responsibility of feeling for their partner.
Usually, this may benefit if it creates a more intimate bond between man and wife in the family during pregnancy.
More areas of Research and Inquiry Relating to Preggophilia
Will preggophiles want to make more babies?
Is there a correlation between having many children and having fetishes in pregnant women?
One might think that because preggophiles love pregnant women so much, they would always get their women pregnant.
There is no study on this yet, and there may be ethically quite challenging to carry out studies to discover this fact.
It doesn’t least likely seem to be the case generally, though, because there are no reports of this yet.
Preggophilia has become a rising trend in the world today, and various media have helped to shed light on it.
It will become much more frequent in topics of sexuality in humans and psychology too.
Among the concerns for preggophilia or maiesiophilia is a possible trend of people degenerating into having sexual-related disorders.
Also, there is a tendency for people to judge the idea of men having an attraction to pregnant women.
In this article, it was established that preggophilia is not wrong. However, it has good, bad, and ugly sides.
It is not wrong for people to idolize pregnant women, but when there may be a strong urge to have unsafe sex with them, it should be an apparent cause for worry.
For obvious reasons around the ethical implications, there are limited studies done on the subject of preggophilia.
However, there will be more information and a better understanding of the philia in the future.
The possibility of preggophiles within the secret crime circle involved in the baby factory operation is one of the areas that could be investigated soon.
By and large, it is essential to have a sound education about what preggophilia is and what it is not.
The role of the media in creating awareness on this topic cannot be overemphasized.