"Most importantly, don't go it alone! Get the help you need for both you and your baby. Even if you feel it is not out of hand and you can manage it, still get some help!" encourages Kimberly Tessmer, RD, LD. "As you go through your pregnancy and gain weight (the average pregnant woman should gain between 25 and 35 pounds to have a healthy child) there may be more issues that surface that you are not ready to deal with. With proper care, you can overcome your eating disorder and have a healthy child."
Do super-slim celebrities such as Rachel Zoe, Bethenny Frankel and Victoria Beckham influence new mothers and mothers-to-be? Do they persuade other moms to go to extreme lengths to fight any excess weight gain caused by carrying a child? Apparently so! Maternity labels are producing smaller sizes while new mommy boot camps are multiplying across the country.
Christina chimes in, "I know that seeing celebrities barely change physically and after the birth be fitting into sizes I only dream of is very hard. Why are they so different than the average woman? And why does media insist on telling me that so and so is back into her size 2 dress two weeks after giving birth? That seems to perpetuate the thought if they can do it, so can I." She continues, "I know most of them deal with disordered eating and have trainers, Spanx, and nannies but that doesn't ever seem to be brought up. And my mind always seems to push those facts to the back."
Christina hits on a very important truth. We encourage you to remember that often those celebrities showcasing their flat abs and skintight wear just weeks after giving birth aren't the norm nor should they be! Along with the full-time help with both baby and home, personal trainers centered more on achieving a "look" versus a healthy mom, and chefs at their disposal, many are battling their own eating disorder demons.
Our final words of wisdom: Stay focused on being healthy -- for you and your baby. Seek support from family, friends, and within group settings, both online and off. Don't be afraid to reach out for professional advice from physicians, nutritionists, and other experts! Finally, embrace your ever-changing pregnant body. You ARE beautiful inside and out.
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