This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. And while most moms-to-be sail through pregnancy without any serious issues, it is true that expecting, food, the occasional overindulgence, and weigh gain all hang together in one kind of complicated knot.
I just read a piece from Fit Pregnancy about how becoming pregnant makes some women susceptible to bingeing, even when they have no prior history of eating disorders.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that in a study of pregnant women ages 25 - 34 there was a "significant jump in new cases of binge eating." We're not talking about cravings, but about consuming large amounts of food in a short time and feeling out of control while doing so.
According to the study, women with a high body mass index (BMI), previous pregnancies, and lower income levels were more likely to be at risk.
Of course unhealthy weight gain can lead to complications, and possibly mean delivering a bigger baby.
Here's info on how much weight you should gain during pregnancy. And if you think you're dealing with some larger eating issues, connect with one of these private CafeMom groups:
This study was on women with no previous history of eating disorders, but I know women who did have issues before getting pregnant and had to work through them in order to have a healthy pregnancy. (FYI, according to the article mentioned above, two-thirds of bulimics cease their behavior after becoming pregnant.)
Have you, or do you know anyone who has, struggled with eating disorders before or during pregnancy?