Eating Disorders May Raise Pregnancy Complication Risk
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In a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women with a history of eating disorders were at higher risk of a range of pregnancy-related complications but most did not experience problems during pregnancy or childbirth. Dr. Milla Linna from the Hjelt Institute at the University of Helsinki in Finland analysed records from 2,257 women treated at a eating disorders clinic from 1995–2010. Women with anorexia nervosa had a greater risk of developing anemia, and deliver very premature and low birth weight babies, while women with bulimia nervosa were more likely to have babies who required resuscitation or had a low Apgar score. Women with binge eating disorders had an increased risk of high blood pressure during their pregnancies and giving birth to babies in higher growth percentiles. Women with anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder, but not bulimia, had a greater risk of fetal and infant death.
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