There are plenty of things that pregnant women do that don’t make sense to the outside world. Eating things like pickles and ice cream. Constantly rearranging things like baby onesies and cribs. Being overly emotional and crying over songs and television commercials. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
However, there is an alarming new “trend” going on with pregnant women and it is neither funny or harmless. We’re talking about “Pregorexia”, a trend of extreme dieting in pregnant women, and it is extremely dangerous.
So, what exactly is Pregorexia? It’s a new trend of extreme dieting seen mainly among young pregnant women, and it is very dangerous. It is more than eating a healthy diet and exercising. It’s an unhealthy obsession with staying thin during pregnancy.
Average women gain between 25-35 pounds during the course of their pregnancy, but women with Pregorexia are not gaining any weight during pregnancy, or just gaining a few pounds. Some women are even LOSING weight while pregnant. These women are going to disturbing levels to keep from gaining weight, including purging, excessive exercising and dramatic calorie restriction.
The effects of pregorexia are many and very, very dangerous. Women who don’t gain enough during pregnancy have a huge chance of giving birth to a baby with a very low birth weight, or even a baby that is premature. Babies born to pregorexic mothers can have very large cognitive and developmental problems as well. There is also a much greater risk of miscarriage or infant death in babies born to pregorexic mothers. Not to mention the risk that the pregnant women are inflicting on themselves.
It is important to keep in mind that pregorexia is exceedingly rare. The majority of women gain too much weight during pregnancy instead of too little. There are various warning signs of pregorexia that should make it pretty obvious that a pregnant women is suffering.
These things include constant talking or obsessing about weight, excessive exercising, not eating very much, eating alone, excessive counting of calories, and talking about the pregnancy as if it doesn’t really exist. Women who don’t have very much support from family or friends or who have a history of eating disorders are the women most at risk for pregorexia, but it can happen to any woman.
If you are pregnant and feeling concerned about your weight or body image, talk with your doctor. If you have a friend or family member that you think might be suffering, reach out to them and encourage them to speak to their doctor, or even a mental health provider or counselor. There can be very damaging effects to both the fetus and the mom to be if pregorexia is a problem, so getting help is very important.