How will bulimia affect my child during pregnancy?

If a woman with active bulimia gets pregnant, these problems may result:

  • Miscarriage
  • High blood pressure in the mother
  • Baby isn't born alive
  • Baby tries to come out with feet or bottom first
  • Birth by C-section
  • Baby is born early
  • Low birth weight
  • Birth defects, such as blindness or mental retardation
  • Problems breastfeeding
  • Depression in the mother after the baby is born
  • Diabetes in the mother during pregnancy
  • If a woman takes laxatives or diuretics during pregnancy, her baby could be harmed.

These things take away nutrients and fluids from a woman before they are able to feed and nourish the baby. It is possible they may lead to birth defects as well, particularly if they are used regularly.

This answer is based on source information from National Women's Health Information Center.

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