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How can your binge eating affect your baby after it is born?

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Sometimes, babies born to moms with binge eating disorder weigh more than other babies born at the same term in pregnancy.

It can happen if you have gestational diabetes -- but your binge foods can play a role, too. Your baby gets nutrients from what you eat or drink. Studies show that women who binge tend to eat higher amounts of saturated fats, among other things. That's unhealthy for both the mom and the baby.

From: Binge Eating and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

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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. , 2014. Journal of Psychosomatic Research

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

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

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 15, 2017

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. , 2014. Journal of Psychosomatic Research

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

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

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

Ulman, T. , 2012. Sleep

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

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

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

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 15, 2017

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Is it important to tell your health care professionals about your binge eating habits if you are pregnant?

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