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Is the Media to Blame for Pregnorexia

Pregnorexia, Starving for Two

Eating for two is one of the delights expectant mothers take in their pregnancies. A double scoop of ice cream here, a second slice of pizza there, it all adds up to the 25-35 pounds an average-sized woman is expected to gain throughout her nine months. The new weight gain guidelines reduce the amount of weight an above-average-sized woman should gain. But what about mamas-to-be who don't gain enough and count every calorie?

"Pregnorexia," the occurrence of anorexia during pregnancy, often occurs when a mama-to-be uses extreme dieting and exercise to ward off weight gain. The lack of calories and nutritional intake can lead to premature delivery, low birth weight and long-term health problems for the baby. Since the media scrutinizes celebrity moms' postpartum figures, some people blame television and magazines for the rise of the eating disorder. What's your opinion?

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phatE phatE 7 years
i am not going to bash lilsugar, but i do want to say that most of the posts are biased, and based on opinions and not just the facts.. it's her site, her deal but it's a shame that she doesn't use this platform to truly educate others.. maybe it's a matter of what people read, who knows? but a trend i see is taking a line or 2 and making it the entire focus.. that being said, the media influence on eating disorders is an old old debate.. anorexia is truly a mental illness, and not just someone who feels fat. there are many women with distorted eating habits, and views of themselves that are not anorexic. if a woman with a history of anorexia gets pregnant, she is going to struggle with the weight gain whether heidi klum is wearing maternity clothes or not. i think articles like this clump everyone together, and that doesn't work. there is a big difference in someone who has truly struggled with an eating disorder, and someone who just is vain.
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 7 years
Of course you shouldn't starve yourself when your pregnant but it also shouldn't be a reason to pig out and gain 50 pounds. I gained 18 pounds while pregnant and had a very healthy 8 pd 3 oz baby. Throughout my pregnancy I had rude women asking me if I was dieting and accusing me of causing harm to my unborn child. I ate very well and exercised moderately throughout. I had a easy (as far as labor goes) natural birth and was back to pre-pregnancy weight within weeks. Everyone is free to make their own choices while pregnant but I don't think people should be so quick to judge women who don't gain a lot of weight as unhealthy.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
And this is why Anonymous comments are stupid and ruining Sugar. Are you paying attention Team?!?! Thanks.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
oh my god, if you don't like it, don't read it what the hell is the problem with this post? this isn't webmd, get over yourselves
bsobos1123 bsobos1123 7 years
I gained 60 lbs with my first and it was way too much. I only gained the recommended 30 lbs with my second but only because my doctor sent me to a nutritionist because my blood sugar was elevated. It was the best thing. Maybe seeing a nutritionist to discuss a good pregnancy diet would help people who are concerned about gaining weight. Oh for all those haters out there, I have an idea. If you don't like what lil posts then don't read her blog!!!
EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
Not sure why there's a smiley face in my should say the heaviest of my mother's babies was almost 8 pounds.
EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
Back to the topic.... I agree that it's so sad that mothers starve themselves, or over exercise, to make sure they don't gain too much weight. However - when my mother was pregnant with her children (1969-1973) she was told to gain ONLY 10 pounds. I can assure you that all 4 of her children were and still are healthy, were all born on or around the due date and we were all of normal birth weight (the lightest was almost 7 pounds, the heaviest almost 8). I think (my opinion, I'm not a doctor, and I have no research to back this up) there might be as many problems with women gaining too much weight as not enough - gestational diabetes, early labor, extremely heavy babies. I gained almost 40 pounds when pregnant and for me it was too much. I've really struggled to lose the last 15 pounds. If I were to get pregnant again, I would NOT eat for two, but rather follow advice to eat only an additional 200-300 calories in the last trimester. My overall diet is very healthy and had I stuck with that in my first pregnancy, I don't think I would still have the last few pounds to get off. And my baby weighed 8 1/2 pounds, which is the same that my husband weighed when he was born.
Moms Moms 7 years
This is a site for mothers to share their opinions and information on relevant topics so we welcome your comments.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol... yes.. its a conspiracy...
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
hmm that didn't get flagged, weird.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
If you cut out the http://www. part of the link it will go through most of the time without being flagged.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
If you'd like to educate anyone here, you're free to post links of your own. :)
skigurl skigurl 7 years
this is so sad some people are so selfish it's fine to work out moderately and keep healthy but a balanced diet is a must for your child, or else you're not doing your job
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