During pregnancy there are many changes that a woman's body experiences, both physical and psychological. Preparing for motherhood is a beautiful process that brings with it many emotions that each woman experiences in a completely different way.
What is pregorexia?
Pregorexia is the constant fear of gaining weight that some women have during pregnancy. The latest research on this subject carried out in the United Kingdom indicates that around 7% of pregnant women suffer from this type of eating disorder during the months of gestation.
Today we do not find pregorexia typified within the Manual of Mental Disorders. Even so, it has serious consequences for both the mother and the baby, who can suffer from mental and physical deficiencies; and in the most serious cases, intrauterine death.
What are the causes of pregorexia?
According to some experts, the main cause of pregorexia is the constant social pressure that exists on the woman's body to comply with current beauty standards.
In addition, reports about famous women who stay in shape during pregnancy and after childbirth are becoming more common, influencing other future mothers without knowing the risks of strict diets or intense exercise without supervision during these months...
What is the healthy weight during pregnancy?
On numerous occasions we have heard that during pregnancy you should "eat for two", however, this statement is incorrect.
During the months of gestation, it is normal to gain a few kilos, which should not alarm the pregnant woman as long as they are within healthy margins. If the diet that is followed during the gestation months is varied and with healthy foods, avoiding some nutrients that do not benefit the correct development of the fetus, it will be much easier to lose weight quickly after delivery without having to resort to strict diets.
What are the symptoms of pregorexia?
Women who suffer from this disorder usually present a series of similar behaviors, among which are the following:
· Exercising excessively, instead of practicing activities recommended especially for the months of gestation.
· Very low-calorie consumption.
· Rejection of pregnancy and of the body.
It is normal that patients do not recognize the problem and try to mask it. In the case of women who have previously suffered from anorexia or bulimia, the relatives or the partner of the pregnant women should pay attention to possible changes in eating behaviors to solve the appearance of the first symptoms.
Consequences of pregorexia
This type of disorder can lead to many problems, both for the expectant mother and the fetus. In the case of the pregnant woman, the consequences can be:
· Reduced volume of amniotic fluid
· Placental abruption
For the fetus, the consequences that pregorexia can have are, among others:
· Premature delivery
· Low birth weight
· Death during the first months of life
· Neurological disorders
· Increased chances of suffering from a problem in intellectual development
If any member of your family, your partner or friend is pregnant and you notice any of these symptoms, pay attention and seek the help of professionals to treat the problem in the most efficient way and without endangering the mother or fetus.
At Afemefa we have a team of experts who will help you in the best way to solve this disorder so that the health of the future mother and the baby are not affected at any time. You can consult our specialists in the Afemefa medical chart.
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