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If I have had anorexia in the past can I still get pregnant?

If I have had anorexia in the past can I still get pregnant?

POSSIBLY: Has a lot to do with body fat and hormones. So check with your physician and check your hormone levels. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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Could women who had anorexia in the past still get pregnant?

Could women who had anorexia in the past still get pregnant?

With caution: Infants of women with anorexia have lesser birthweight , smaller head circumferences and a 16% rate of microcephaly compared to control patients, due to less maternal pregnancy weight gain, increased nausea/ vomiting of pregnancy, and increased recurrence of anorectic symptoms. Unintended pregnancy /early pregnancy loss are increased. Prepregnancy evaluation by a clinical team is critical! ...Read more

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Can women who had anorexia in the past get pregnant?

Can women who had anorexia in the past get pregnant?

Yes, Usually: Severe anorexia can cause problems with the menstrual cycle, which could make pregnancy more difficult. However, these difficulties are not usually permanent, and with time there is less likelihood of affecting the possibility of becoming pregnant. ...Read more

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Could anorexia ruin the ability to get pregnant and have children?

Yes: Anorexia can cause one's body weight to drop below the point at which your body can "divert" enough energy for the metabolic work of preparing the body for pregnancy. If the anorexia is severe enough and long lasting enough this can become a permanent problem. ...Read more

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On top of pregnancy and anorexia, what causes you to miss a period?

On top of pregnancy and anorexia, what causes you to miss a period?

Some causes: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (polycystic ovary syndrome or asherman’s syndrome). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the effects of anorexia on pregnancy?

What are the effects of anorexia on pregnancy?

Poor fetal growth : If you are suffering from anorexia while pregnant then your baby could have issues with growth and development. Depending on the severity and timing of the anorexia, the baby could have congenital anomalies or growth delay. ...Read more

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Could anorexia hurt a baby when the mother is pregnant?

Could anorexia hurt a baby when the mother is pregnant?

Yes: A good diet is so important to both mother and baby. Check with your care giver right away if there are nutritional concerns. ...Read more

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Can anorexia when the mother is pregnant hurt the baby?

Can anorexia when the mother is pregnant hurt the baby?

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). ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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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