By Sara Lindberg, September 28, 2020

Although some people outside of the mental health and medical community may use this term, Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine, director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, says it’s important to point out that pregorexia is not a medical term. “Pregorexia, which is a combination of two words — pregnancy and anorexia — is used to describe a person who has an unnatural fear of gaining weight during pregnancy,” she says. Because of this fear, Gaither says an expecting parent may not adequately nourish themselves or their developing fetus.

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