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Weight Stigma in Pregnant and Post-partum Women

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The pressure to “drop the baby weight” immediately post-partum is an unrealistic and stressful expectation for the majority of new moms – resulting in negative physical and mental health impacts at a time when both are critical for mother and baby.

A new American study by experts across the country has found that when a post-partum woman experiences weight stigma from more sources, she tends to report more depressive symptoms, maladaptive dieting behavior and perceived stress – regardless of pre-pregnancy BMI. More weight stigma resulted in more emotional eating behavior and greater post-partum weight retention – the opposite of the presumed intended effects.

To partners, extended family members and care providers: it is incredibly important to actively support new mothers in establishing healthy eating habits and self-care in the post-partum period, and to let go of unrealistic standards and pressure of what a new mother should look like. Steady, realistic encouragement and support for a healthy post-partum body is definitely the way to go!

I hope you have found this helpful, and do let me know if you have any questions!

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

Rodriguez, A. et al. (2019).The psychological burden of baby weight: Pregnancy, weight stigma, and maternal health. Social Science and Medicine, Vol 235.

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