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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 10:44 AM   1
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Bulimia and pregnancy


I'm a recovering bulimic. I started when I was 13 years old and continued on into my late 20s, pretty regularly, sometimes heavily, sometimes sporadically. I finally beat it, once and for all, and reached a genuine place of inner self-esteem and health. I have no issues with it now and actually find that my years of controlling my vomiting actually helps keep me from vomiting now even though I've had rotten morning sickness (not that I'm making light of it, lol, just that it's a bit relieving that I'm not having problems with vomiting or the dehydration that can result).

I am mega interested in eating healthy for this pregnancy and I think I'm doing really well. Other than when I was really sick and could barely manage to eat anything, lol, which I think a lot of you can relate to...but anyway, what I've found since recovering from my eating disorder is that I've had to learn all about food all over again. I wrecked my internal food compass that told me when I've had enough, and at one point was relying purely on calorie counts and whatnot to determine that I was eating neither too little or too much.

Sometimes now I worry that I am eating too much or too little on any given day. I am eating very healthy things and a variety in my diet, taking my prenatals, etc.. but it's still difficult at times to determine what's the right amount of anything to eat while pregnant. It seems the requirements and the types of foods recommended during pregnancy are slightly different than the rest of the time. I don't want to live my life counting calories, either, and am trying to find a happy natural balance.

Just wanted to share and vent..



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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 10:52 AM   2
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Well i would just like to say well done for beating bulimia you must be sooo proud of yourself hun!!! well done x



 
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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 10:54 AM   3
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You could base it on weighing yourself weekly and adjusting your diet accordingly.. sounds a lot easier than counting calories. I found this info online..

At what rate should I gain weight during my pregnancy?

How much you should gain depends on your weight before you were pregnant and how far along you are in your pregnancy.

* Healthy weight before pregnancy:
o 3-5 pounds during the first trimester
o Approximately 1-2 pounds per week in the second trimester
o Approximately 1-2 pounds per week in the third trimester
* Underweight before pregnancy:
o 5-6 pounds or more in your first trimester; this also can depend on how underweight you were before pregnancy & your health care provider's recommendations
o 1-2 pounds per week in the second and third trimesters
* Overweight before pregnancy:
o Approximately 1-2 pounds in the first trimester
o Approximately 1 pound per week during the last six months

Throughout your pregnancy the goal is to keep weight gain as steady as possible because your baby requires a daily supply of nutrients that comes from what you eat. It is ok for your weight gain to fluctuate a little from week to week. However, you should contact your health care provider if you suddenly gain or lose weight, especially in your third trimester. This could be a sign of preeclampsia.



 
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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 11:51 AM   4
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Well done on beating your bulimia, I know how hard it is and you should definately be proud of yourself. I'd been suffering with anorexia since I was 14 and I also still find it hard knowing when my body needs food as even when I was only slightly underweight even if I try not to count calories it usually still happens and that's how I fed myself. I've managed to put on 3-4 lbs now and feel like i'm at a healthier weight to support my baby. I'm still a tiny bit underweight but my doctor said that if your body has allowed you to get pregnant then it thinks that you can support a baby and now the most important thing is just getting a healthy balanced diet.

It sounds to me like you're doing very well considering what you've been through. I know it's hard to turn off counting calories and that it's usually on your mind whether you want it be or not. Pm me if you wanna chat xxx



 
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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 12:43 PM   5
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I was bulimic for 15 years through my late teens and all of my twenties - I am 39 now and have fully resolved my food issues. I have had awful sickness so far in my pregnancy from week 5 onwards - I am now in week 13. I've found the whole process of MS and vomiting really quite strange and it was to be honest, quite hard to get my head around at first and I had quite a few flashbacks to the old days. Its been easier to adjust to being sick latterley though and I've been able to think of it completely as a pregnancy thing probaby for the last 6 weeks or so.
What really helped me with the whole gauging what is enough thing when I was healing my relationship with food all that time ago was reading Fat Is A Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach - I learned how to differentiate between "mouth hunger" and "stomach hunger" and little by little began to trust my judgement on what was enough. It was addressing the factors underpinning my bulimia though that really stopped the "how much is enough" thing even being present as once I had faced those demons, the food stuff just didn't exist for me anymore.
Not sure if this will help or be of interest but good luck.
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Old Sep 30th, 2009, 06:51 AM   6
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Thank you all for your thoughtful replies! Thanks sineady, it really is nice to finally be freed of that monkey on my back!

Honeygrl, I haven't had a weighing scale for some years now so that I wouldn't obsess about my weight, so I rather forgot about that as an option to monitor my weight gain. That could definitely be useful so I could check it maybe once a week or so to be sure I'm in the right zone.

It's great to know that I'm not alone in having gone through the experience of eating disorder, jellyt and Laughing girl, especially a long term bout with it. Thank you so much for sharing that. Jellyt, I definitely relate to the calorie counting thing. It was actually useful for me at first, to help get me on track, but I just don't want to look at food and think ''there's 200 calories'' etc..lol.. I'm sure you can relate.

I have never heard of that book before, Laughing girl...it would definitely be interesting to me. I too feel I have faced the ''inner demons'' that underlie the disorder, and just need to sort the last bit now with the hunger thing, as you had mentioned. I'll give that book a look see, thanks!



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Old Sep 30th, 2009, 07:37 AM   7
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I just wanted to say well done to all of you girls that have beat it xxx



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Old Sep 30th, 2009, 07:54 AM   8
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Thank you all for your thoughtful replies! Thanks sineady, it really is nice to finally be freed of that monkey on my back!

Honeygrl, I haven't had a weighing scale for some years now so that I wouldn't obsess about my weight, so I rather forgot about that as an option to monitor my weight gain. That could definitely be useful so I could check it maybe once a week or so to be sure I'm in the right zone.

It's great to know that I'm not alone in having gone through the experience of eating disorder, jellyt and Laughing girl, especially a long term bout with it. Thank you so much for sharing that. Jellyt, I definitely relate to the calorie counting thing. It was actually useful for me at first, to help get me on track, but I just don't want to look at food and think ''there's 200 calories'' etc..lol.. I'm sure you can relate.

I have never heard of that book before, Laughing girl...it would definitely be interesting to me. I too feel I have faced the ''inner demons'' that underlie the disorder, and just need to sort the last bit now with the hunger thing, as you had mentioned. I'll give that book a look see, thanks!
I'm not pregnant now but am also a recovered Bulimic. I have a 13 month old DD, and to be quite honest, morning sickness was strange, surreal and quite disturbing to me because I now have quite a bad phobia of being sick, I get myself into such a big tangle about it as when I was a younger and not quite recovered, if I got an illness that involved vomiting it would carry on. When I stopped vomiting through illness I would eat a tremedous amount and end up going back down the spiral.

I had a lot of flashbacks too, I sometimes wondered after I had been sick whether I had done it on purpose or if it was just the MS and I ended up a total mess by the time my DD was born. I doubted myself, I had it in my head that I was making myself sick even though I wasn't. It was hard.. I started binging at about 20 weeks (I would go downstairs and eat everything I could find) and it continued for a while, about 4/5 weeks and then I stopped it and ate healthily with no vomiting for the remainder of my pregnancy. I find it hard even now not to count calories.. But I try not to let it bother me. I agree that if you feel having a scale in the house will make you obsess, don't do it. I still don't have a scale in my house. I do find that the first thing I do, compulsively, when I visit my Mum is to go straight in the bathroom and jump on the scale... Eat healthily and stay active, and your doctor/midwife will likely weigh you every 4 weeks anyway.
Good luck! With enough determination I am sure you will do great



 
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Old Sep 30th, 2009, 11:27 AM   9
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Well done Minstermind and HR for beating Bulimia

Minstermind, I wouldn't recommend calorie counting or weighing yourself - in case one form of obcessive behaviour/food control becomes an other.

There are loads of book out there with pregnancy meal plans and suggestions, why not try them.

For a really basic guide the DK book Pregnancy questions & answers (p104-105) has some good information and photos of a typical days food intake for a pregnant woman.

Good luck and try not to worry too much about it. x



 
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