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home>>family>>problems during pregnancy>>Eating Disorders During Pregnancy

Eating Disorders During Pregnancy Can Create Havoc For You And Your Baby!

by: Apurva Shree

Eating disorders during pregnancy are not so well known, but nearly 20 per cent of pregnant women suffer from them. The common eating disorders are binge eating and bulimia. Some anorexics also become pregnant.

Pregnancy Complications In Moms-To-Be

Eating disorders during pregnancy puts you in grave risk. Your baby depends on you for every nutritional need. Even if you don't eat enough, she will take as much nutrients as required from your body. This will make you weaker and you may experience problem in walking, breathing, and carrying out other physical tasks.

Your baby will suck the calcium from your body, leading to osteoporosis. Your bones and teeth may get weaker and brittle. In case you are already facing heart, liver, or kidney problems, they might get worse. Besides this, eating disorders during pregnancy increases the risk of delivery complications and miscarriage. Breech birth and placental abruption are also common risks.

Pregnancy is a stressful time for your mind and body. If you do not eat well, it's going to affect your mental health too. You may experience severe depression and find it difficult to control your emotions. Some women even harbor thoughts of harming their baby!

Pregnancy Complications In Fetus

Preterm labor and low birth weight baby is the commonest result of undisciplined eating during pregnancy. It can even lead to death of your baby, due to stress and improper nutrition caused by an unhealthy pregnancy diet.

Bulimics as well as anorexics do not take sufficient nutrition and, thus, do not gain weight. As a result, they deliver underweight babies, who are underdeveloped as well as malnourished. Moms-to-be with food related disorders have higher chances of delivering babies with low Apgar scores and respiratory disorders. Babies from such moms have 35 per cent greater risk of coronary death. They are also 6 times more prone to diabetes in the later stages of life.

Moreover, this is not all. If you suffer from eating disorders during pregnancy period, you are more likely to have babies with a higher vulnerability to liver disorders, cerebral palsy, blindness, cleft palate, and other horrible physical deformities. They are more prone to mental illnesses, which include learning problems, mood disorders, and lower IQ as they grow up.

If you do not check your pregnancy diet, your baby can die inside you. Eating disorders during pregnancy can create a matter of life and death for you as well as your baby. So, watch out for the food in your plate!

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About The Author
Eating disorders during pregnancy are not discussed as freely as other disorders, but they do occur in common, if you are not careful about your pregnancy diet. Moreover, they can have horrendous effects on you and your baby inside and could cause severe pregnancy complications. For more information visit pregnancy.
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