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Doctor insights on: Could Women Who Had Bulimia In The Past Still Get Pregnant

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can women who had bulimia get pregnant?

Can women who had bulimia get pregnant?

Yes: Severe bulimia could cause difficulties that would make it more difficult for a woman to become pregnant, but bulimia will not prevent most women from becoming pregnant. ...Read more

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How can her bulimia affect a pregnant woman's baby?

How can her bulimia affect a pregnant woman's baby?

Starving the fetus: By starving herself of the nutrition required for her and the baby to grow properly. The bulimi cuban be so bad that she can lose the baby. ...Read more

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I use laxatives as part of my bulimia. I stopped getting my period about a year ago. How likely is it for me to get pregnant?

I use laxatives as part of my bulimia. I stopped getting my period about a year ago. How likely is it for me to get pregnant?

Slim: If you are not having periods it is likely that you are not ovulating, thus unable to get pregnant. Please keep in mind a young woman not having normal cycles is terribly damaging to your body. If you are also underweight, your body is starved in estrogen necessary to have a period. In addition to the cycle issue, you are not laying down the necessary bone to reach peak bone mass, weak bones. ...Read more

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How does bulimia affect me if i'm pregnant?

How does bulimia affect me if i'm pregnant?

Very badly: Bulimia is unsafe when you're not pregnant, and worse if you are. Electrolyte imbalances from repeated vomiting can come through to your baby. Also you risk premature delivery, low birth weight, delayed fetal growth, fetal death or stillbirth, gestational diabetes, and hypertension since many bulimic woman gain excess weight in pregnancy. Please tell your OB so you can get needed help. ...Read more

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How does bulimia affect me if i'm pregnant?

Risk for you & fetus: Pregnancy takes a lot of a woman as the fetus takes what it needs to develop. Bulimia leads to skewed balance of electrolytes and also can affect the nutritional balance you growing child needs. Absolutely let you doctor know you have this problem and seek help to control it for you and for the baby to be. ...Read more

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How can bulimia affect pregnancy?

How can bulimia affect pregnancy?

Yes: Any eating disorder can affect pregnany if the mother is not receiving enough nutrients to support herself and her developing baby. Poor weight gain in pregnany is associated with low birth weight infants, and preterm delivery. The vomiting associated with bulimia can cause electrolyte distrubances and certainly increased discomfort during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the effects of bulimia in pregnancy?

What are the effects of bulimia in pregnancy?

Not good: Bulimia and pregnancy are a very bad combination. You amplify the risks to yourself due to changes in your body from the pregnancy. In addition, you risk damage to your developing fetus. You could actually die if you don't stop practicing the bulimic behaviors. Your fetus could die and you could have a miscarriage. Your fetus could suffer from lots of problems later on in life. Please seek help. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend is bulimic and might be pregnant. How can her bulimia affect her baby?

What can I do if my friend is bulimic and might be pregnant. How can her bulimia affect her baby?

A LOT: Similarly to the mother's starvation, i think. A lack of essential nutrients and other things. Also a pregnancy where one is encouraged to have a proper diet and the need to resist eating should make for internal conflict and stress in a mother. Current research says that this has a negative effect on a fetus. Your friend needs her ob, internist and psychiatrist working together. She needs friends. ...Read more

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Bulimia (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more