PREGNANT Countdown star Rachel Riley feared her baby had stopped moving due to her stress from vicious anti-Semitic trolling.
The horrifying claim comes just a day after Jewish Rachel, who is expecting her first child with former Strictly dancer Pasha Kovalev, vowed to now block social media trolls.
Rachel Riley has revealed how anti-Semitic trolls have affected her unborn baby[/caption]
The 33-year-old married Oxford University maths graduate has become a hate figure among many on the Left for her vocal criticism of the Labour Party.
She revealed: “I found out I was pregnant in April and that was around the time of the Boycott Rachel Riley campaign.
“They had a petition to have me silenced but I was like, ‘What are you on about?’.
“Mentally, I am strong. Mentally, I can cope. I am up for this fight. It is imperative that we win.
Riley married Strictly star Pasha Kovalev in Las Vegas earlier this year[/caption]
“But when I got pregnant, you have like some chocolate and within minutes the baby is wriggling and the baby is kicking.
“And the day I was going for my scan my baby was kicking and I was excited. It was excited.”
But that excitement stopped when she publicly endorsed a BBC Panorama documentary that was damning of the Labour party.
She said: “The week of the Panorama documentary it got really f*****g ugly. It was disgusting.
“They were exposed as anti-Semites. The Labour leadership were exposed as liars. Their followers took it personally and attacked anyone going anywhere near.
“I was very stressed and upset and my baby stopped wriggling for a couple of days. At that point you think, ‘Nah’.
“I realised that however mentally strong I am, there’s adrenalin, there’s hormones that go through your body and now I’m sharing them, I absolutely don’t need to give that to my baby.”
Yesterday, Essex-born Rachel joined dozens of celebrities, including Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson, 28 — who has told how abuse she received after winning The X Factor drove her to attempt suicide — in a campaign to block social media trolls instead of engaging with them.
Rachel began co-presenting Channel 4’s Countdown in 2009, age 22[/caption]
The Don’t Feed The Trolls initiative comes after a report revealed how haters rely on publicity to fuel and spread their insults.
The research by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate found that US neo-Nazi groups urged supporters to target celebrities to widen their exposure.
On Sunday, Rachel sat down with former EastEnders actress Tracy-Ann Oberman, 53, to discuss online abuse for her podcast Trolled.
The pair are taking legal action against around 70 individuals for tweets relating to their campaign against anti-Semitism in the Labour party and their criticism of leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson recently opened up about her struggle with online trolling in her own BBC documentary[/caption]
Rachel, who had to hire security after receiving physical threats, said about the Boycott Rachel Riley movement: “I saw some tweets and you can’t do anything but laugh — ‘I did not know who this woman was but now I have Googled her. I am boycotting the BBC’.
“I don’t work for the BBC. You have to laugh at these people. When you see people tweeting that, that shows how well-researched they really are.
“Someone said they have this theory that a man must be running my Twitter account.
“Their evidence for it was, ‘How can she be on television and be tweeting at the same time’.”
Turning her attention to the Don’t Feed The Trolls campaign, she added: “There are far-Right trolling and books that tell people how to do this.
“It is like, ‘We need to spread our message’. They target high-profile people and retweet them.
“It is a really small number driving this as well. It is like 38 accounts driving huge amounts of debates about anti-Semitism. I hope there is an end in sight.
“It is not fun. I get abuse, ‘You are just the woman who puts up the numbers on the TV’.
“Absolutely right. I should not have to be doing this. Where are the grown-ups?”
Manchester United fan Rachel was just 22 when she shot to fame taking over from mathematician Carol Vorderman on Channel 4 show Countdown.
She also stars on spin-off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown with Jimmy Carr.
Rachel said: “I got my job on Countdown fresh out of uni. I had to get my Twitter account.
Rachel says she was so stressed and upset following the BBC Panorama documentary that her baby stopped wriggling[/caption]
“To start with I did not respond too much. I did not take it seriously. I got actively using it when I did a charity cycle for breast cancer.
“I was active at that point. It was a positive tool. It turned for me about a year ago.
“As a woman in TV and a football fan I have experienced trolls before. It’s easy to ignore those trolls as they are after a reaction. It is one man sitting in a room in his pants trying to get a reaction and making no sense at all.”
But Rachel is careful not to blame the internet for all the abuse she gets.
Rachel and Pasha danced together on Strictly Come Dancing 2013[/caption]
She said: “I was in LA recently and I went to a Holocaust memorial museum.
“One of the things that struck me there, it is not a perfect analogy by any stretch, is how the railways is what enabled the Holocaust. That is what allowed the transportation of Jews from one side of Europe to the other side.
“And without the railways it would not have been able to happen on such an industrial scale. But the railways in themselves are not bad. It is not the railways’ problem.
“The internet inherently is not a bad thing.
“But now it is being used and we need to look at it and say, ‘Is this what we want it to be used for?’.
“It is about what kind of society do we want to live in. People are gaining money from this. They are monetising hate. We need to catch up.”
Rachel announced in May that she was expecting her first child with ex-Strictly dancer Pasha, 39, who she married in June.
“They first met when partnered together on the hit BBC show in 2013.
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Asked by Tracy-Ann on the podcast what her approach to online hate is now, Rachel added: “They are not after proper debate.
“They are not after their minds changing. They are not doing it for virtuous reasons so I block them.
“You don’t need to read it. Being pregnant has highlighted that for me. I don’t need this.”
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