The Butterfly Foundation have warned there is a growing number of women with body dissatisfaction during pregnancy.
‘Pregorexia’ is a term penned for women who feel under pressure to stay slim during pregnancy.
The foundation explained that overexercising and restricting calories is putting both mothers and their babies at risk.
‘Body dissatisfaction is one of the leading causes of disordered eating and harmful behaviours — so this is definitely problematic,’ The Butterfly Foundation chief executive Christine Morgan said.
‘Engaging in behaviours to achieve a certain weight or appearance while pregnant can be detrimental to an unborn child.’
We need to remember that ‘social media photos are edited or filtered so we cannot perceive these as reality or a “benchmark”‘.
Meanwhile, research from the UK and Swansea University backs these claims up, says Daily Mail.
Researchers found that more than 50 per cent of pregnant women compared themselves unfavourably to others on Facebook, while women who had no social media accounts were happier with their expecting and changing bodies.
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