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A 44-year-old member asked:

Could anorexia hurt a baby when the mother is pregnant?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: A good diet is so important to both mother and baby. Check with your care giver right away if there are nutritional concerns.
Dr. Julie O'Toole
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Absolutely: Please do not misunderstand: a pregnant mother with anorexia loves her baby as much as any mother and is not trying to hurt the baby. But unless the mother is able to eat enough to maintain an average weight gain during pregnancy, the baby can suffer. Even after birth, low weight can stop breast milk and later make it hard for the mother to judge appropriate food intake for her child. Get help!

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Can anorexia when the mother is pregnant hurt the baby?

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Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Yes: Both mom and baby need a lot of calories during the pregnancy (about 400 more calories per day for a normal weight woman). Not eating enough during pregnancy can ultimately hurt the baby, although the mom will start to see symptoms before the baby will (the baby's metabolic needs will take precedence).

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