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Originally published May 9, 2015. Updated February 28, 2024.
Content Warning: eating disorders
Nothing can really prepare you for parenthood. It’s a huge transition.
When you step into the role of mother or father while in recovery from an eating disorder, things can become even more complicated and complex.
Infants and children are unpredictable, and this can not only increase feelings of stress and anxiety, it can also raise feelings of guilt and shame. If you begin to struggle with your self-care or show signs of a relapse, it’s incredibly important that you reach out to your recovery team, a mentor, or a close friend.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and guilty as a new parent, and isolating yourself will only perpetuate those negative feelings.
Start by scheduling time for your self-care, and make this time a non-negotiable activity. Practice mindfulness when you are with your child by staying out of your head and giving your child 100% of your attention. This is a great way to practice staying present in all areas of your life, not just when you are with your child. Allow your child to motivate and inspire you to stay in recovery.
When you become a parent, different situations may trigger your eating disorder, and it can be very easy to fall back into harmful behaviours as a way to deal with fear or uncomfortable feelings.
Remembering that your child is looking to you for love, guidance, and support can help you stay grounded and even inspire you to move forward in your eating disorder recovery.
Watch this video to learn more about parenthood and eating disorder recovery:
Watch here: https://youtu.be/7P9lXkcXsDE
Robyn Baker, CPT, RYT, BS
Robyn is the founder, owner, and operator of Asteya Fitness in Irvine, CA. She believes in health at every size and that the key to health and well-being is establishing and nurturing the mind-body connection through intuitive eating and exercise. She is a born and raised California girl and a proud mommy.
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