The latest trend for mothers-to-be is the act of photoshopping their child’s ultrasound picture onto their bulging belly. It is one of those things that it is always going to split public opinion, some people (usually mothers or other pregnant women) think it is beautiful, amazing and artistic whereas others (non-parents) think it is kinda gross, creepy and disturbing!
Apparently they first appeared on Flickr back in 2009, but have become really popular in recent weeks according to ‘B’ who runs the Tumblr STFUParents – which mocks parents that overshare and are generally annoying on social media sites.
‘B’ claims to have been inundated with emails from readers ridiculing the new trend of the photoshopped sonogram on the pregnancy belly. ‘B’ told The Daily “They’re doing it because they’re a little obsessive. There’s something inherently narcissistic about taking the time to create this ‘art.’”
Shelly Kuhn, a family portrait photographer from Tonawanda, New York, said she has photoshopped sonogram images onto maternity pictures many times and thinks it is an “artistic portrayal of pregnancy.” She told The Daily “I would love to do more of these. But there is a debate over whether it’s morbid and disgusting or beautiful.”
Personally I think they look a little bit wrong, creepy and slightly askew even, the wispy black-and-white sonogram image reminds me of those circular email pictures you get sent which look really normal until you spot the ghostly figure peering in through the French doors or lurking behind the lampshade.
But I don’t think they are ‘morbid’ or that there is anything morally wrong with them so to speak, and if people want to do them, then it’s their business I guess. Also, we all know about the effect that pregnancy hormones can have on your judgment – so many we should cut these women some slack. In saying that however, I don’t particularly want to see any of them and am really quite glad that none of my friends who have had children recently have felt the need to do this!
Read more: Trend of Adding Sonograms to Maternity Pictures Stirs Fierce Debate (Via The Daily)