Mommyrexia: Celebrity Inspired Trend to Stay Thin While Pregnant

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Victoria Beckham, eight months pregnant, poses with designer Marc Jacobs. Credit: Peter Kramer, AP

Hey, ladies, want to fight that unsightly tummy bulge that comes from carrying a baby inside you?

Let celebs like Bethenny Frankel and Victoria Beckham help you keep that frail, emaciated, oh-my-god-someone-get-that-poor-woman-a-cheeseburger figure that turns all the shallow guys' heads.

Staying a walking skeleton before, during and after pregnancy is an emerging trend in ... guess. Hint: It's not Fargo, N.D., or Lewiston, Idaho. You got it! New York City!

But what kind of trend would it be without a name? It's called Mommyrexia.

The New York Post reports a whole industry has evolved around it. A slew of highly paid personal trainers stand at the ready so that women can give birth and go back to looking like Olive Oyl in a matter of weeks.

"Hell hath no fury like a post-partum woman trying to get back into the groove," Joshua Margolis, a personal trainer at Mind Over Matter Health & Fitness, tells the New York Post.

His business offers "MILF" classes for women who want strange men to start regarding them as sexual objects and prey again as soon as possible.

"I've seen a massive uptick in my clients feeling stress if they're not down to their pre-baby weight," Rosie Pope, the star of the reality show "Pregnant in Heels," tells the Post.

Pope, who gave birth to her second son four months ago, just added an extra-small size to her own maternity wear collection. "I'm worried about this trend, because even I couldn't fit into it, and I'm small!" she tells the Post.

Believe it or not, health experts are also concerned about this trend.

Manhattan dietitian Lisa Cohn blames celebrities like 37-year-old Victoria Beckham, 37, eight months pregnant with her fourth child, for promoting the "mommyrexic" image.

"Beckham's in her eighth month now, and looking too thin continues to be part of her plan -- healthy or not," Cohn tells the paper. "She hasn't been looking as vibrant -- pale face, dull eyes and more drained. If her extreme post-baby weight-loss plan of shedding 20 pounds in a short period is true, it sends a dangerous message to other women out there."

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