Eating Disorders and Pregnancy

Charlotte Mental Health ServicesPregnancy is a time of great joy for many women. The anticipation of meeting their baby, getting the nursery ready, and choosing a name is filled with excitement. As your pregnancy progresses you begin to worry even more about the health of your baby and your well being. Are you sleeping enough? Are you getting enough exercise? However, when you are pregnant and struggle with an eating disorder, the worries about your health and that of your baby are dramatically different. Many women who struggle with eating disorders have difficulty accepting the feelings, sensations, and changes that happen to their body during pregnancy. For quality Charlotte mental health services, call Legacy Freedom.

The effects of an eating disorder on a developing baby can be quite severe. Children who are born to mothers with eating disorders may experience:

  • Trouble breastfeeding
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal growth and development
  • Low birth weight
  • Cardiac abnormalities

Mothers may experience premature labor, miscarriage, gestational diabetes, an increased risk of a c-section birth, labor complications, preeclampsia, or even stillbirth. These risks can be greatly reduced with proper prenatal care and treatment of the eating disorder. Many women find it necessary to have additional support during their pregnancy to help them cope with their need to binge, purge, or avoid eating altogether.

Knowing the signs to look for in someone you love can help them maintain healthy habits or begin to treat their disorder. During pregnancy, an eating disorder may look like:

  • Extreme exercising
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Skipping meals
  • Avoiding social situations with food
  • Fears of becoming overweight
  • Little to no weight gain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Blackouts
  • Dizziness
  • Food restriction or rejection
  • Weight loss during pregnancy
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate

These signs and symptoms should not be ignored in friends or loved ones who are pregnant and may have struggled with or are currently living with an eating disorder. Not only is the mother's health at risk, the baby's health is as well.

Charlotte Mental Health Services For Pregnant Women

At Legacy Freedom, we know that approaching a friend or loved on about an eating disorder is difficult. We also know that pregnancy is an incredibly emotional time and while many people are concerned about upsetting the mother by discussing this delicate subject, both she and the baby are in danger if they do not receive treatment. Our care team can help you talk with your friend or loved one about your concerns and help them receive treatment for their eating disorder.

We utilize a holistic approach to our Charlotte mental health services. By putting our client at the center of our care plan we can work to discover the root of the disorder. Whether your eating disorder is based on bullying, depression, low-self esteem or trauma, your one-on-one time with your therapist will help you identify the cause and learn to cope healthily. Participating in group therapy allows you to connect with your peers who are also struggling with their own eating disorders. Establishing a support system away from our outpatient facility is crucial for keeping your recovery on track.

Nutritional therapy and physical therapy play a significant role in our treatment of eating disorders here at Legacy Freedom. Our staff consists of a registered dietician and physical therapist who are committed to helping you develop a healthy relationship with food and with exercise. We also offer alternative therapies to help you discover new ways to cope, learn healthy boundaries, and heal emotional trauma. With more than ten different therapies to choose from your care team will help you pick the ones that best fit your needs.

Take back control today with Legacy Freedom of Charlotte and give you and your baby a healthy start together. Call or click to connect today!

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