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How it can hurt
Drastically restricting your food intake or purging after you eat can deprive you and your baby of vital nutrients. Women with eating disorders face an elevated risk of miscarriage, postpartum depression, having a C-section and delivering premature, low-birth-weight babies. What's more, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), having an eating disorder during pregnancy can lead to a calcium deficiency that may make your teeth and bones weak and fragile.
Why tell your doctor
A doctor who's familiar with eating-disorder treatment can help you find a qualified therapist. "This is a difficult problem to overcome, but many people have overcome it," says Vivian Hanson Meehan, R.N., D.Sc., ANAD's president and founder.
For more help
Call ANAD at 847-831-3438 for referrals to therapists, support groups and treatment centers specializing in eating disorders.