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How can binge eating affect your pregnancy?

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Your urge to binge eat might go away during pregnancy. It does for a few women. But studies say the patterns of overeating often continue. Many women get the disorder for the first time during pregnancy.

Many people who binge eat are overweight or obese. Carrying extra fat around your middle might make it hard for your doctor to track your baby’s growth and development with ultrasound.

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National Eating Disorders Association: “Binge Eating Disorder,” “Pregnancy and Eating Disorders.”

News release, University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

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Vandenberg, K. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 2012.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care.”

Ulman, T. Sleep, 2012.

Siega-Riz, AM. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2009.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 27, 2020

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Eating disorders in pregnant women.”

National Eating Disorders Association: “Binge Eating Disorder,” “Pregnancy and Eating Disorders.”

News release, University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

M. Algars. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2014.

Linna, M. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 2013.

Vandenberg, K. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 2012.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care.”

Ulman, T. Sleep, 2012.

Siega-Riz, AM. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2009.

Linna, M. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2014.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Health Issues of Premature Babies.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 27, 2020

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