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Being Pregnant With an Eating Disorder

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Having an eating disorder can increase your chances of never being able to get pregnant. The longer you have an eating disorder, the higher the risk that you will face some type of fertility problems. Both anorexia and bulimia can affect the reproductive process, pregnancy, and health of the baby.

Eating disorders can affect pregnancy negatively in a number of ways. The following complications are associated with eating disorders during pregnancy:

- Premature labor

- Low birth weight

- Stillbirth or fetal death

- Intrauterine growth retardation

- Likelihood of cesarean delivery

- Delayed fetal growth

- Respiratory problems

- Gestational diabetes

- Low amniotic fluid

- Preeclampsia

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