Pregorexia is a term that is not part of the dictionary elaborated by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE). However, its use is frequent to allude to a eating disorder that affects pregnant women.
The concept comes from the English language and is formed from the combination of pregnancy (“pregnancy”) and anorexy. It is a disease suffered by pregnant women who, with the intention of conserving their weight, engage in practices that put their life and that of the fetus at risk.
Pregorexia is a eating disorder which often includes a mixture of bingeing and purging, excessive physical activity, and the removal of nutrients and calories from the diet. The person affected by this disorder intends, in this way, to lose the kilos that are naturally increased with pregnancy, a desire that affects your health and that of your child.
Among the possible consequences of pregorexia for the mother are decalcification of the bones, arrhythmias, arterial hypertension, low generation of breast milk, decreased amount of amniotic fluid and placental abruption. Pregorexia also increases the risk of premature birth, complications in childbirth and mortality of the child before the first month of life.
Babies born to a mother who attended the pregnancy with pregorexia, meanwhile, they tend to have low weight, respiratory failure and neurological problems. According to medical studies, these children have an IQ below the average and carry physiological and emotional problems.
It is important to bear in mind that, although it is common for those who develop pregorexia to have already faced other eating disorders before, they also clutter can be acquired without background.
While most women seeking pregnancy are able to deal with sanity the inevitable changes that their body goes through, among which is undoubtedly weight gain, the desire to regain figure Previous (or even to get a better one) can arise from the first months. In the case of women with pregorexia, the intensity of this desire exceeds the limits of reason.
The psychological state of these women does not deteriorate from one day to the next, but is fragile from before pregnancy, although their environment does not notice it. The pressures To which society subjects women to take care of their physical appearance have many negative consequences, but pregorexia is perhaps the most serious because it affects the baby, a being that has no responsibility for the damage suffered by its mother.
As mentioned above, having experienced eating disorders does not guarantee the development of pregorexia but it does increase the risk. In fact, one of the root causes of this disease is the lack of support from the people around the pregnant woman. It is not enough to not require her to take care of herself at meals, but it is necessary to really accompany her, attending to all her needs in a legitimate way, since a new life is being gestated in her and that we should protect her above all.
When we look for “culprits” for the trauma of gaining weight for a woman, models often come first; However, in the specific case of pregnancy, celebrities who show their shiny bodies after expensive ones also have a negative influence. treatments that return the figure to them after childbirth. There are several factors to take into account: weight and beauty are not related; physical changes during pregnancy are not bad or embarrassing; very few women can afford these treatments.