Eating Disorders during Pregnancy

eating disorders

Well being of a pregnant women and nutrition are the essentials for a safe pregnancy. Both baby and mother can be adversely affected if the nutritional requirements of the mother are not fulfilled efficiently. Eating disorders have many negative effects on health (like irregular menstrual cycle) which are not usually observed because people with bad eating habits think it to be quite normal. But, it is really important to take care of your diet and weight for a healthy pregnancy.

Risks because of eating disorders during pregnancy

Risks for the mother

  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Labor complications and premature birth
  • Gestational diabetes (particularly with binge eating disorder)
  • High blood pressure
  • Severe Depression during or after pregnancy
  • Anaemia
  • Increased risk of miscarriage

Risks for the baby

  • Malnutrition
  • Low birth weight (particularly with anorexia)
  • High birth weight (particularly with binge eating disorder)
  • Poor development
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Respiratory distress

Managing your health during pregnancy

  • Be honest with your prenatal health provider regarding your struggles of disordered eating
  • For keeping a close track on the growth and development of your baby, extra appointments might help
  • A nutritionist with an expertise in eating disorders should be consulted before or immediately after becoming pregnant
  • Counselling should be taken during and after the pregnancy, to help you cope up with your concerns and fears regarding food, body image, weight gain and the new role of parenting
  • Talk to your doctor before attending a prenatal exercise class to make sure it fits in with your recovery plan

Remember to look after yourself as well as your baby after the delivery. Many a times, eating disorders can lead to postnatal depression, and it is really important to seek help in such cases.

Have a safe pregnancy and for all pregnancy related information download Pregnancy Health, Diet and Fitness by Ango!