What to Expect When You're Expecting: How Eating Disorders Impact Family Planning, Pregnancy and Postpartum

For those who struggle with poor body image or eating disorders, pregnancy and parenthood are complicated topics that can raise some very deep questions: What are the medical issues surrounding eating disorders, fertility and pregnancy? How will I feel about my changing body? How will I cope with the focus on my diet and my weight during pregnancy and beyond? How can I support my partner or my family member? In this presentation, Claire Mysko  and Lesley Williams, MD will help participants delve deeper into these questions and many others. They’ll offer concrete tools and strategies for: Creating a support system; choosing sensitive, educated prenatal and postpartum healthcare providers; looking critically at media messages glorifying “baby bumps” and “post-baby bodies”; understanding the common triggers of pregnancy and new parenthood; and getting a healthy perspective on pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight loss.