Pregorexia awareness

Eating Disorder Specialist Maggie Baumann, MFT, explains the dangers pregorexia poses to an expecting mother and her baby and why getting professional, medical help is so important.
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I'm really passionate about talking about pregorexia because I know there are a lot of moms out there that are silently struggling from this. Silently struggling, I mean, that their husband's don't know. Their obstetricians don't know that they have an eating disorder and they are harming themselves and their babies. There are a lot of dangers to the mom and the baby during pregorexia, in regards to the fetus. The baby can have respiratory difficulties. It can be born prematurely. Born at low birth weights, have feeding difficulties when they are born. The can also be affected with neurological defects. A lot of them that come out later in life, one of the known consequences of pregorexia to the baby is a higher risk of the child developing ADHD later in life. There are a lot of medical issues that can affect the baby, and the baby can even die. There are a lot of dangers and I think it's important for the mom and the obstetrician to know that this is happening and she gets help.

Eating Disorder Specialist Maggie Baumann, MFT, explains the dangers pregorexia poses to an expecting mother and her baby and why getting professional, medical help is so important.

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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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