During pregnancy women gain a lot of weight, this varies from 1 to 6 pounds in the first trimester and 1 pound per week for a normal growth of the baby to take place. It is therefore important to have a healthy diet during this time. Most women get worried about getting back to shape after the pregnancy and it’s much harder for an anorexic. You will therefore find most anorexic expectant women struggling through their hence increasing their chance of delivering a preterm infant.
After delivering a woman has to undertake some exercises in order to get back into shape. For anorexic women, pro ana sessions either in a support group, social media or website have proved to impact ‘positively’ on the women’s state of mind as the reviews shared makes the women feel appreciated and accepted by others like her. In the support groups the women open up about their problems and how they are struggling through them. Since these groups promotes eating disorders and sees nothing wrong being anorexic, they share on ways of reducing side effects of anorexia, console each other after breaking a fast, promote veganism, teach other how to induce vomiting after feeding and also ways of suppressing hunger pangs. Most of them admit to feeling weak from not eating or weak to walk around and not having a good diet but are proud of it.
The best way this women deal with this is encouraging each other through the various pro ana after pregnancy reviews and surrounding themselves with people that give them motivation and are not ashamed of their bodies or their eating disorder. They may not be perfect but are strong enough to acknowledge that they are unique and have a lot to be proud of.
Pro Ana sessions, forums and blogs have been welcomed with a mixture of reactions from the community. It is yet to be determined whether these sessions have a disastrous health impact on the women, but until then the women keep doing their thing and they love it. What can be more comforting than sharing a problem with people who understand what you are going through?