Saturday 23 September 2017

Eating disorders a common early pregnancy issue

One in 14 women has an eating disorder in the first three months of their pregnancy, according to research.

A survey of more than 700 pregnant women by University College London found a quarter were "highly concerned about their weight and shape".

Some 2pc were found to fast, exercise excessively, induce vomiting, and misuse laxatives or diuretics to avoid gaining weight during pregnancy.

The study also found that one in 12 pregnant women said they would overeat and lose control over what they ate twice a week.

Dr Nadia Micali, who led the study, said: "There is good evidence from our research that eating disorders in pregnancy can affect both the mother and the developing baby."

Irish Independent

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