Eating disorders have been around for years, but due to their under-representation and presumptive lack of importance in communities, many people still are unaware of its causes and effects. Most women are victims regardless of age. This may be due to the increased pressure of achieving impossible beauty standards. Many girls are treated after going through Nervosa/bulimia only for it to burst up again after pregnancy. Rebound cases are more likely to happen, but new cases arise as well. All new mothers face the challenge of disturbed eating habits, but there are some tricks to counter it.
- Firstly, find people to share your experience with. There are many social groups, either in communities or online to help anyone having a difficult time. Mothers are glued to the house with their babies and this sort of isolation from the outside world. Sharing your joy and pain with someone gives a sense of self and comfort to everyone.
- Tell your personal OB-GYN to take into account previous eating disorders. If they are well informed, not only they can give you expert advice but also prepare for any complications ahead of your postpartum period.
- Not many people have the luxury to afford a nutritionist or a dietician, but if an opportunity comes by, you should definitely higher one. There are many ways to get yourself a specialist to look at your condition. With another doubt, it will improve your health.
- A great way to become and get the most help and information is to join a birthing or a prenatal class. This tunes you into expecting certain aspects that will help to maintain a healthy mental state.
- Make a list of healthy and useful food and drinks to consume during the postpartum period. Many studies and experience women tell us that certain foods actually reduce the chances of eating disorders.
- If you think that you are going through a stressful time, you should seek or at least consult a therapist. They are there for your needs. A session or two with the therapist can easily solve many problems that might have caused the disorder in the first place, whether it is emotional or not.
The most important part is always to be aware of your own wellbeing and accept that pregnancy will cause certain problems. You should make yourself feel as positive as you can.
Just as you do everything to ensure the best for your baby, you should also give yourself the same kind of attention and care. Postpartum problems can lead to a decrease in the baby’s size with the mother. Women having active disorders report difficulty breastfeeding. By taking care of yourself, you also are taking care of your child.