This is an eating disorder that affects pregnant women who stop eating to try to not gain weight during this period.
Pregorexia is the term used to refer to this increasingly common disorder and is the result of combining the words “pregnancy” and “anorexia.” It is estimated that up to 30% of pregnant women do not gain the proper amount of weight during this time. A study conducted in the UK estimated that 7% of the pregnant women who participated in the research had symptoms of this disorder.
Some of the signs that help identify pregorexia include: if the woman does not talk about her pregnancy as if it were real, if she is overly preoccupied with the calories of her diet and with the food she eats, if she skips meals or eats alone, and -at its worst- if the woman experiences symptoms of anorexia or bulimia.
With this disorder, the most important thing to understand is that excessive weight loss during a pregnancy will lead to complications in pregnancy, both with the baby’s development and formation as well as during childbirth and in the mother’s health. (See also: Depression can also affect pregnant women)
During her pregnancy, a light-weight woman normally gains between 30 to 40 pounds.