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.

Staying healthy and fit safely throughout your pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for you, your baby and your body. Read more on What exercises are safe during pregnancy? HERE

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  • the midwives always tell you not to diet when pregnant. you will have lots of time after the baby is born, to get back into shape.


  • I never worried too much about what I looked like during my pregnancy, as with a few little scares I was overwhelmingly preoccupied with the health of my baby.


  • Main thing is to avoid sugary junk food and drinks.
    Consume a healthy balance of nutritous food and drinks in moderation.


  • Didn’t worry about my body at all – did all the things I used to do pre-pregnancy as far as exercising, swimming, etc. and with subsequent babies running after the earlier ones. Always stayed fit and ate healthy and am lucky that I have very few stretch marks on me today. Did the exercises prescribed while I was in hospital post baby and have stayed reasonably fit since. If it took 42 weeks to put weight on then it was at least 42 weeks to take it off.


  • I had to do my best to gain enough weight during my pregnancies. I tried to eat extra healthy and more frequent to make sure baby got all what it needs.


  • Did not worry about much , just made sure I made the right choices. I even lost weight with one baby , while the nurse was worried the dr said ” she is big so it is good.” Yes I was a big mother weighing at 79kg at the start but was eating properly plus having two toddlers to run after. I actually weighed 12 kg lighter the day after having him, he was 3.7 kg in weight. As long as you are doing the right thing and your medical team is happy about it , it should be all you need.


  • I didn’t worry about shape; kept an eye on weight gain to make sure it was in the healthy range, but didn’t fuss much.


  • I never thought about my body shape while pregnant. I’m quite tiny and I put on 16 kilos with my pregnancy. My body shape was surely different from usual, but I loved it! :-)


  • It would have taken a stampede of wild horses to stop me eating when I was pregnant. As for exercise… not even close to enough energy gor that.


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