Tag Archives: Pregnancy

Eating Disorders During Pregnancy: Are Antidepressants Safe?

Woman using antidepressants during her pregnancy Contributor: Jena Morrow Margis, CADC, Timberline Knolls Alumnae Coordinator, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Medication management is an important part of treatment for countless women who may be recovering from an eating disorder. Whether the illness is anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder (BED), medications can be a helpful part of a comprehensive [...]
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Pregnant: When Morning Sickness Triggers Eating Disorder Behaviors

Pregnant Woman Nausea and vomiting is one of the early signs of pregnancy that can begin around six weeks gestation. According to the American Pregnancy Association, more that 50 percent of women will experience morning sickness in their pregnancy, which is typically the result of increased hormones in the body as a result of conception [1]. Morning [...]
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How Postpartum Depression Can Increase the Risk of an Eating Disorder

Woman with Postpartum Depression kissing her son Contributor: Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Program Development at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center In a recent interview for the cover of Glamour’s April 2017 issue, mega-model Chrissy Teigen opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression (PPD), bringing to light a painful condition that many new mothers often struggle with in silence. This 31-year-old [...]
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Nutrition Basics For Breastfeeding Moms in Eating Disorder Recovery

Mom and baby For new mothers who are also in recovery from an eating disorder, the experience of bringing a new life into the world can bring about many positive changes. Choosing to feed your baby through breastfeeding can also nurture a bond early on between mother and baby, and there are numerous benefits associated with breastfeeding as [...]
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Managing Chronic Eating Disorder Symptoms During Pregnancy

Woman concerned with Fertility and Eating Disorders Pregnancy is an experience that changes a woman from the inside out as goes through the process of bringing a new baby into the world. For many women, pregnancy can feel like a vulnerable time, as there are often many unknowns in the motherhood journey. Seeing how your body changes during pregnancy can also bring [...]
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Obstetric / Gynecological Problems Associated With Eating Disorders

baby's bare feet Early in the infancy of eating disorder knowledge and research, it was first believed that pregnant women who suffered from anorexia nervosa were rare. It was also believed the endocrinological disturbance associated with starvation coupled with the psychological and psychosocial features of the disorder was also rare [1]. More recent studies though have not found [...]
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Having an Eating Disorder During Pregnancy

Pregnant woman Pregnancy is a delicate time with many changes and transitions, and for a woman who may also be struggling with an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, this time can feel especially vulnerable. A woman who with other risk factors for an eating disorder may be triggered by the changes experienced [...]
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Managing Pregorexia During the Holiday Season

Woman struggling with Pregorexia during the holidays When it comes to eating disorders, many of us have heard of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. But what about those individuals who may struggle with an eating disorder during pregnancy? Pregorexia is the term used to describe a condition in which a woman is driven to control weight gain during pregnancy, either through [...]
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Staying on Track in Recovery from an Eating Disorder During Pregnancy

Pregnancy by birch tree Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Director of Content and Social Media at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope The process of growing another human being and bringing a child into the world is a beautiful thing. Pregnancy is a joyous occasion and also overwhelming at times. Facing the unknown can be daunting for many women, in [...]
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