Dealing with an eating disorder is something no one can truly understand unless they have been through it themself. Pregnancy may be viewed in the same way. No one can truly understand the physical and emotional demands a mother deals with until a woman experiences it herself. During pregnancy, the baby gets all its nutrients from the mother. While pregnant, the mother typically gains some weight. However, for those with eating disorders, this weight gain can be scary.
The CDC recommends a certain amount of weight gain during pregnancy for women depending on their BMI. This website is a great resource to help you calculate your BMI and ensure you meet the recommended weight gain while pregnant.
The likelihood of becoming pregnant while dealing with an eating disorder is low but still can happen. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, you and your baby are at risk for several complications. You should immediately seek help to protect yourself and the baby. Numerous health providers can give you the medical attention you need, but only if you are completely honest about what you are dealing with. All the following tips are from the National Eating Disorder Association:
Dealing with an eating disorder is hard enough, but being pregnant AND dealing with one can be extremely scary. Do not think because you have an eating disorder that you failed as a mother. Pregnancy is emotionally, psychologically, and physically demanding. Do not fear, there are so many resources for you to get help. All you have to do is reach out and speak up!
Liberty Women’s Clinic offers free pregnancy testing and ultrasound services. Contact us today to schedule your free pregnancy test. We are here for you!
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