It will always be our doctor who will tell us if the weight we gain during pregnancy is correct, we must not fall into the trap of excessive worry.
When a woman becomes pregnant, one of the happiest and most fulfilling stages begins for most of them, but at the same time one of the most complicated for others. Pregnancy is, in a woman, a stage of both physical and hormonal changes and this can affect her even on a psychological level. The main change that a woman undergoes during pregnancy is the considerable increase in weight in her body , and this is where they can suffer some problems or disorders. Pregorexia, which is one of them, consists of the fear of gaining weight during the months of pregnancy. This disorder could be summed up as anorexia of pregnancy, an eating problem.
WHAT IS PREGOREXIA?
As we have anticipated before, pregorexia is a psychological disorder suffered by women who are pregnant and are afraid of gaining weight. To do this, they perform real atrocities. In order to achieve their goal, they usually carry out low-calorie diets, reducing food intake to a minimum, which is often associated with vomiting or excessive physical activity.
In most cases, women who suffer from this type of psychological eating disorder have already suffered from other similarities such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia .
WHAT ARE YOUR SYMPTOMS?
To diagnose this type of disorder, you have to be very aware of the woman who suffers from it, since she will never accept that she has a problem and they consider that her attitude is totally normal. The most common symptoms among women with pregorexia are eating disorders and exercising excessively, but there are other attitudes that give them away.
The restriction of fats and lipids , together with that of carbohydrates in your diet as foods that will provide you with a way to obtain energy, is one of the most frequent. For this, they carry out a hypocaloric diet, which is based on eating vegetables and hyperprotein. This can cause a deficiency in vitamins and mineral salts, which can affect both the health of the pregnant woman and the baby she is expecting.
When the pregnant woman begins to show signs of excessive concern about her weight gain , the alarms must be activated. This can trigger a pregorexia. A constant control of the calories consumed, together with the practice of too much sport could be a sign of this problem.
The most normal thing is for a pregnant woman to gain weight during the nine months that the gestation period lasts. When she suffers from pregorexia, there is a null or very low increase in her weight and volume and this is a clear symptom of this psychological disorder, since it does not correspond to the nature of this stage.
Finally, the presence of self- induced vomiting or excessive sports practice are another clear symptom of this disorder. The end of these two practices is the expenditure of calories to the point of obsession.
HOW DOES THIS DISORDER AFFECT THE FETUS?
Pregorexia, which can cause consequences in the future mother both at a physical and psychological level, such as the lack of nutrients in her body, the loss of muscle mass in her body, alterations in hormones, skin diseases or even an increase From irritability and drastic mood swings , it can also influence the expecting baby, creating lifelong problems.
A baby that has been conceived in the womb of a mother who has suffered a disorder such as pregorexia during pregnancy, can live his entire life marked by it. And it is that, the fetus can develop some diseases due to this problem.
Neurological disorders, hormonal disorder that can cause delayed growth of the baby , some type of malformation in the fetus, respiratory and digestive problems or even the death of the fetus , are the most frequent consequences in babies who are pregnant in the womb. of a woman suffering from pregorexia.
HOW TO FIGHT IT?
Acting against this eating disorder situation requires the intervention of a large group of professionals who attack the problem from different perspectives. The first step, and most important of all, is to accept that it is a disease and as such, you have to follow a very strict treatment.
To deal with pregorexia, the ideal is to have a team made up of a psychologist or psychiatrist , on the one hand, who carry out psychological therapy with the pregnant woman. On the other hand, working with a dietitian or nutritionist together with a nurse is essential, as they would treat the problem from a medical and nutritional point of view.
Although the role of the family and friends of a woman who suffers from pregorexia will be fundamental , since they should always try to normalize the hours in which the woman goes to eat, thus creating a relaxed and relaxed atmosphere. They should never lose sight of it, although not without exerting any kind of pressure.
At the end of the day, it is about the woman accepting that it is a passing stage, and learning to enjoy it, even with her diet .
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.