Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil Weighs in on Bumpaholic: The New Addiction

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Popular media is honoring families with multiple-births. Some women are addicted to being pregnant for biological and psychological reasons. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD explains the biochemical craving for connection.

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Is Pregnancy the new Addiction?

In 2007 alone, American women birthed more than 4.3 million babies--the highest number ever. More than a quarter of those were to women having their third or fourth child. If media attention is an indicator, our culture is suddenly obsessed with reality shows such as Jon & Kate Plus 8, with the addition of a new reality show this fall featuring the babies born to the "Octomom," Nadya Suleman.

To explain the phenomenon coined "Bumpaholic" by the article "The Belly Rubbing High" featured in the July/August edition of Women's Health, Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil Ph.D., author of Make Up Don't Break UP explains: "You want to have a purpose in this world. You want to feel less lonely. Bumpaholics breed to blot out their feelings of insecurity."

According to experts Bumpaholics procreate for most of the same reasons that substance abusers turn to drugs or alcohol--to feel good. During pregnancy a woman's body is flooded with the "feel good" hormone, Oxytocin. Friends and family treat the pregnant woman like a goddess. "Pregnancy is like a love drug," Weil adds. "A baby-love drug."

Women who obsess solely on procreating are at risk for their other key relationships suffering. Dr. Weil offers these tips:

  • Don't ignore key relationships
  • Leave the kids with a sitter and have date nights with your husband
  • Connect with friends
  • Find activities that create daily experiences that enrich your life
  • Quality is more important than quantity/Balance is Key

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil is available for interview on this topic.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD, an internationally acclaimed couples, children and family therapist, was named by Psychology Today as one of America's best therapists. New York Magazine recognizes Dr. Bonnie as one of the city's best therapists.
Dr. Bonnie has appeared on Oprah five times, was the featured guest in a three day series on the The Today show, and has been a guest on Fox, O'Reilly Report, CNN, 20/20, The View, Good Morning America, CBS Health Watch, CBS, ABC, NBC, Better TV, and Fox News.

Dr. Bonnie is a regular contributor as the relationship expert in Ladies Home Journal and was featured in the "Can This Marriage Be Saved" column three consecutive months. Her work has appeared in Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, Men's Health, the New York Magazine. Parenting Magazine and USA Today have used Dr. Bonnie's expert advice to support features. Numerous other local and national media outlets have interviewed Dr. Bonnie. Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil is the author of five books with two best seller's Make Up Don't Break Up, and Adultery the Forgivable Sin, which became a made-for television movie. Her recent book, Financial Infidelity: Seven Steps to Conquering the #1 Relationship Wrecker, Penguin Group, is now available in paperback. For more information visit http://www.DoctorBonnie.com


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