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Eating Disorders During Pregnancy

pregnant lady holding appleI read about the most disturbing research results this week from London that 1 in 14 pregnant women suffer from eating disorders in the first three months of pregnancy.

Even scarier is that “Two percent of those questioned were found to fast, exercise excessively, induce vomiting, and misuse laxatives or diuretics to avoid gaining weight during pregnancy” according to the write-up in HuffPo UK.

The results of this study make me so, so sad. Even though women typically don’t start to show for several months, I can attest to how different your body starts to feel almost immediately. I was bloated within days of holding the positive pee stick and all my pants got tight in the waist as a result.

I found the immediate transition to be really disturbing, so I can only imagine what someone who battles an eating disorder must go through at the start of pregnancy. It is a time when you are truly not in control of your body at all…and coming to terms with that while battling body image demons seems like an almost impossible fight.

Hopefully midwives and OB/GYNs can create a better screening tool for eating disorders in early pregnancy so these women can gain help instead of being left untreated.

Source: HuffPost Lifestyle UK

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