This isn’t a topic I have touched on much because pregnancy isn’t something that I’m comfortable with; I don’t plan on having children and, frankly, pregnancy freaks me out. However, I was looking at the “everything” tab on Pinterest and I saw something that prompted me to post about this. It was a picture of fit, fairly thin pregnant people wearing workout gear. The caption said, “How to lose body fat while pregnant,” which I immediately reported for promoting self-harm because that is pregorexia.
What pregorexia is, basically, is anorexia during pregnancy and postpartum. It has symptoms similar to anorexia: obsessive dieting, extreme exercising, abuse of weight loss drugs and/or laxatives, etc era. Approximately 5% of pregnant people suffer from this desire not to gain the weight recommended by their doctors during their pregnancy and also may try to lose weight.
Babies born to parents who suffer from pregorexia can suffer from: premature birth, low birth weight, anemia, ADHD, rickets, heart disease, depression, poor growth, cognitive development impairment.
So, basically, suggesting to a pregnant person that they should try to lose “body fat” while pregnant, offering tips on how they can do that, is harmful to both the pregnant person and the fetus. It’s one of the worst things that you can tell someone who is currently pregnant or who is postpartum.