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Can anorexia when the mother is pregnant hurt the baby?

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David Escobar
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
David Escobar
David Escobar
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Yes

Anorexia can cause a variety of physical problems which could have a negative impact on both the mother's and baby's health.

In brief: Yes

Anorexia can cause a variety of physical problems which could have a negative impact on both the mother's and baby's health.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes!

Your baby needs nutrients to grow and thrive in the womb.
An anorexic mother needs to haver her mental state carefully monitored during pregnancy, and there is risk to her going off antidepressants during pregnancy. Counseling and mental health support are critical!

In brief: Yes!

Your baby needs nutrients to grow and thrive in the womb.
An anorexic mother needs to haver her mental state carefully monitored during pregnancy, and there is risk to her going off antidepressants during pregnancy. Counseling and mental health support are critical!
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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