Although this post has a positive title (quoted from one of the two articles I've linked), these are actually cautionary reports. They point out the dangers of food deprivation during pregnancy, but the same points that they make apply also apply to lifestyle in general. Here's the link to the first, with an excerpt:
"Dr Emma Derbyshire, a researcher in human nutrition, who led the study of 100 women, said: "The evidence is worrying and suggests some women are still more focused on not gaining weight than on properly nourishing themselves and their babies."
While many feel that celebrity mothers have fuelled the fashion to remain slim during pregnancy, polls show that it is the celebrity mother who has not been so self-conscious - or hurried to lose weight - who is more respected. A UK poll recently selected Kate Winslet, the actress, as Britain's top "Yummy Mummy". She refused to diet after her children were born.
Movie "it" girl Kate Hudson also unrepentantly piled on the pounds during her pregnancy with son Ryder. She was out and about within weeks of his birth while still carrying all her extra pregnancy weight. "I'm really enjoying being bigger," she said at the time. "I've never been voluptuous. I gained 60 pounds, and every second of it was so much fun. I wouldn't change it for the world." "
It's always good to have an actress speak so positively about becoming fuller-figured. And the point about not "properly nourishing themselves" applies to women in general, who deprive themselves of the food that they need, and not just during pregnancy.
A second article talks about the severe difficulties that Geri Halliwell faced before pregnancy, owing to the fact that dieting had ruined her body:
"Lack of nutrition...can damage the major organs and cause hormonal imbalances...
Although 75 per cent of women who get over disorders can go on to have children, many never get their bodies back to normal."
I suspect that many women who inflict weight loss on themselves have little knowledge of just how badly their are ruinging their bodies, both externally, and internally......