Category: Women and Eating Disorders

How to Love Your Body If You’re Struggling with Body Image During Pregnancy

Pregnancy with an Eating Disorder Contributor: Staff at Carolina House It can be tough for women to love the way they look when they’re pregnant. Their bodies change fast and in ways they can’t always control, and that can bring up all sorts of body image concerns. So, how can a woman love her body if she’s struggling with body image [...]
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Is There a Relationship Between Binge Eating and Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

PMS symptoms PMS is a common disorder that can have a physical and emotional impact. For some menstruating people, PMS can be so severe that it gets in the way of someone’s ability to function. We’ve all seen and heard the stereotypes of a woman binging before her menstrual period. What if binge eating was making PMS [...]
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Pregnancy and Bulimia: Concerns for the Fetus

Pregnant woman concerned about ED Recovery and Motherhood Eating disorders are emotionally, medically, and psychologically complex and become even more so with pregnancy and bulimia. Bulimia Nervosa poses risks for fetal development even before conception, increasing the risk of infertility as well as the possibility of “miscarriages, fetal growth problems, perinatal mortality, low or high birth weight, premature birth, and birth defects [1].” [...]
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Tips for Post Pregnancy Healthy Body Image

Woman Struggling With Pregorexia In A Wheat Field Motherhood is a huge adjustment, and just like in eating disorder recovery, it requires a shift in identity — moving towards a larger and more dimensional sense of self. For all mothers, especially those new mothers who are dealing with pregnancy and eating disorder recovery, maintaining a healthy body image can be challenging. Here are [...]
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Eating Disorders During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Pregnant woman concerned about ED Recovery and Motherhood Contributor: Staff at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center A woman’s body undergoes a variety of changes during pregnancy, and many of these fluctuations are difficult for women to adjust to. This is especially the case for body weight, an area that is perhaps the most affected by pregnancy. Individuals living with an eating disorder may [...]
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Risk of Heart Disease Quadruples in Women Hospitalized for Bulimia

Asian American woman holding a flower The risk of cardiovascular disease skyrockets for women who have been hospitalized for bulimia nervosa, a study in JAMA Psychiatry reports. The risk for bulimia and heart disease is greatest in the first two years after hospitalization and remains high for another three years before disappearing at the 10-year mark. Bulimia and Heart Disease “Our [...]
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Postpartum Depression in Eating Disorders

Pregnant Lady dealing with an eating disorder during the holidays On average, 130 million babies are born per minute. 130 million life-changing moments are happening around the world. It is a beautiful thought of so many lives being created. Yet, this also means that 130 million women per year are susceptible to postpartum depression. Unfortunately, the likelihood of postpartum depression increases if the individual has [...]
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Hope for Fertility in Eating Disorder Recovery

pregnant woman The risks that an eating disorder can present to reproductive health are commonly talked about, which can generate fear with the struggling individual. However, there is hope for fertility in eating disorder recovery. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness likely arise as the sufferer battles the demon of their eating disorder. They are wanting so badly [...]
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