Is it possible to be too thin to be pregnant? The thought never crossed my mind, till now. That the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is pregnant and was hospitalized for a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum (morning sickness, in common parlance) is news which has become old now.
But, her pregnancy news and her hospitalization seems to have brought into focus her ‘weight issues’.
The princess needs to eat more because she’s too thin.
Weight gain, especially during pregnancy is a sensitive issue. One has to just read some extremely insensitive comments regarding celebrities post childbirth, to understand the attitude of casual cruelty. It is small wonder that women feel pressurized to confirm and instead of enjoying the pregnancy fall prey to Pregorexia.
What is Pregorexia? This is a term used for pregnant women, who battle eating disorders while pregnant.
The average woman gains between 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. While this amount is required for a healthy pregnancy, for women with eating disorders having to gain this amount can be very frightening. Some women with disordered eating are able to more easily cope with weight gain during pregnancy because they see it as a sacrifice for an important cause. But others may plunge into deep depression as they struggle with the tension between the idea of weight gain and their body image issues. Most women with eating disorders fall somewhere between these two extremes.
Dr. George Macones, chairperson of the committee on obstetric practice for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), does not agree that the Duchess of Cambridge is too thin to be pregnant. He says,
A woman who is malnourished or a competitive athlete who has stopped ovulating can have trouble getting pregnant. Likewise, a malnourished pregnant women can be at increased risk of delivering early. But Middleton is neither malnourished nor an Ironwoman competitor. For the most part, people who are thin do very well during pregnancy.
There is no doubt Kate Middleton will remain under close scrutiny for the entire period of her pregnancy. What she does or does not do, will provider fodder to the gossip mills and also will be imitated by women who have made her their role model.
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