I recently watched a video from Good Morning America about pregnancy and eating disorders.
This is called Pregorexia.
Expectant mom’s of a healthy weight are supposed to gain between 25-35 pounds throughout their pregnancy. And underweight women should gain closer to forty pounds.
For people who have struggled with eating disorders pregnancy is a scary time. Heck, from what I have read and heard pregnancy is a scary time for all women. You lose control over your body. It becomes a vessel to grow another human being in. Your stomach gets huge.
But for an amazing reason. To make a baby!
In the ABCnews article, Anorexia and Pregnancy Don’t Mix, Docs Say (obviously!) Dr. Robert Zurawin said, “It boils down to an expectant mother putting the needs of her unborn baby first.”
Easier said than done.
But still, important to remember. Kathleen Rasmussen, committee chairwoman at the Institute of Medicine, added, “What we’d like women to know is that what you eat affects how well your baby grows and how healthy your baby is.”
The article also tells the story of a women who struggled with anorexia throughout her pregnancy. As a result of restricted intake, and compulsive exercising, this woman nearly lost her baby, and her baby was born with complications most likely as a result of malnutrition in womb.
The woman says, “It was never my intent to hurt my babies.”
But that is what happens.
Having an eating disorder and deciding to start a family is a difficult choice to make. But with therapy and support, many women have been able to have healthy babies. But it is important to remember that those healthy babies need a mom. Postpartum eating disorders are also very dangerous not just for the mother, but for the whole family.