Dangers to the mother from pregorexia

Eating Disorder Specialist Maggie Baumann, MFT, explains the dangers that pregorexia poses to an expecting mother during her pregnancy
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Dangers to the mother from pregorexia

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There are actually a lot of dangers that a woman that has pregorexia can incur during her pregnancy. She can have cardiac abnormalities that happen. She can have a miscarriage, premature labor. She could have medical complications during delivery such as an increase in cesarean section, dehydration, and a lot of this, of course, affects the baby as well. One of the scariest things is if the woman has a cardiac issue that is so significant she has a heart attack and then she dies. In our culture I find it very sad that we compliment women with small baby bumps. They're walking around, you know, the city and are getting complimented on their small size, and it's very scary for me to see this because this woman has pregorexia and she's getting complimented for being small, and it's so dangerous to her and the baby.

Eating Disorder Specialist Maggie Baumann, MFT, explains the dangers that pregorexia poses to an expecting mother during her pregnancy

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Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Maggie Baumann is a marriage and family therapist in Newport Beach, California, specializing in treating eating disorders, addictions and trauma. Maggie is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. As a woman in recovery from anorexia, she speaks on the topic of eating disorder prevention and treatment to a wide audience. She has been a featured guest on numerous national television shows on eating disorder awareness and quoted in newspapers across the country including the New York Times as well as in national magazines including Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. Her area of expertise within the eating disorder field is on “pregorexia”, a term describing a pregnant woman who is also struggling with an eating disorder. This is a life-threatening condition affecting the lives of both mom and her unborn baby. 

On a personal front, Maggie has been married 28 years and has two healthy grown daughters, Christine, 25 and Whitney, 24. Being a mom has been the most rewarding experience Maggie has encountered. Maggie enjoys staying active with healthy exercise and loves to be outdoors. Living one mile from the beach allows Maggie the luxury of enjoying the peace of the ocean. Photography, reading and spending time with her two kitties (who are really grown up cats) are other passions she appreciates doing in her leisure time.   

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