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What is pregorexia?

Pregorexia is a term coined by the media that refers to a pregnant woman who exercises excessively and reduces calories dramatically in order to rigidly control pregnancy weight gain. There are no good statistics on this condition or these behaviors at this time. Although gaining too much weight in pregnancy is a much more prevalent problem, only significantly overweight women who then become pregnant should be on somewhat-restricted diets, with the oversight of a doctor and medical team.

Experts think that most women at risk for this condition have subclinical eating disorders that become more problematic with pregnancy weight gain, or have had eating disorders in the past. Complicated emotional feelings also can help to instigate this condition. Specific signs include discussing pregnancy as if it isn’t real, skipping meals or eating alone, exercising obsessively, and rigidly counting calories.

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