The Recovery Mama Guide to Your Eating Disorder Recovery in Pregnancy and Postpartum

The Recovery Mama Guide to Your Eating Disorder Recovery in Pregnancy and Postpartum

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The upheaval of pregnancy and new motherhood can often trigger a relapse for women recovering from eating disorders, or contribute to their development. This book supports pregnant women and new mothers struggling with changing body image, eating disorders, postpartum depression or perinatal anxiety. Many of the emotional challenges of recovering from an eating disorder - isolation, perfectionism and identity issues - are compounded during pregnancy or early motherhood, when women also have to tackle hormone fluctuations, food cravings and perceived pressures to lose baby weight. The author combines friendly, non-judgmental advice and professional expertise with candid personal experience. She offers recovery tools, support strategies and realistic advice on how to make time for self-care while navigating the chaos of sleep deprivation and feeding schedules. Most importantly, this book will help women let go of social and self-imposed pressures, and embrace being good enough during the massive learning curve of new motherhood.
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 15mm | 202g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • 1785928295
  • 9781785928291
  • 47,988

Table of contents

Introduction. Chapter 1 - Body Image: Navigating Changes in Your Body and Your Identity. Chapter 2 - Hormone and Mood Changes: How to Radically Accept and Support Yourself through the Tsunami of Mood and Hormone Changes. Chapter 3 - Sleep Changes: Life Will Never Be the Same, But You Can Still Get Support and Create New Structures. Chapter 4 - How To Survive Nausea, Food Cravings, Breastfeeding, and Other Pregnancy and New Mommy Food Challenges. Chapter 5 - Good Breast, Bad Breast, Good Enough Breast: Stop 'Shoulding' on Yourself about Whether to Breast or Formula Feed and Find the Right Answer For You. Chapter 6 - Distress Tolerance: It's Okay Not to Be a Supermom. Chapter 7 - Spirituality, Recovery and Motherhood: Finding Creative Outlets and Alone Time, Even if it's Just Five Minutes a Day. Chapter 8 - Isolation and Support: The Dangers of Isolation and the Need for Support. Chapter 9 - Career, Working, Staying at Home: Discovering the Right Balance for You, Right Now. Chapter 10 - Advanced Maternal Age: Navigating Life as an "Older Mom". Appendices - Resources on Special Issues for Recovering Women.
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