Importance of getting help for pregorexia

What should expecting mothers do if they are struggling with pregorexia? Maggie Baumann, MFT, explains the importance of getting medical help as soon as possible in order to protect both the mother and unborn child. Hear Maggie Baumann's first hand advice for women dealing with this.
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Importance of getting help for pregorexia

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The number one thing that a woman should do, if she's struggling with Pregoxia during pregnancy is get help immediately. Ask for help from her husband or partner, or a friend. it's vital for her to get in contact with her obstetrician, to let the doctor know that she's struggling with this so that he's on board. Usually, my therapy practice, when i work with a client that has Pregorexia; we put a whole team together. There's the obstetrician, who works with the baby and the mom. There's me, who works on the psychological end of it. There's the nutritionist, who makes sure that the mom and the baby is getting enough nutrients and there's, sometimes, a psychiatrist involved. It's a whole team approach that the mom needs to get through with the Pregorexia in a healthy way. Also, if they need more information on what to do about getting treatment, if they're not sure where to get treatment, is to go the National Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. They are a national organization that you can find treatment providers and referrals, all across the nation.

What should expecting mothers do if they are struggling with pregorexia? Maggie Baumann, MFT, explains the importance of getting medical help as soon as possible in order to protect both the mother and unborn child. Hear Maggie Baumann's first hand advice for women dealing with this.

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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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