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What effect does bingeing and purging have on my baby?

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I found out I am 7 weeks pregnant. I have been a practicing bulimic, bingeing and purging five or six times a day. I continued to do this the first few weeks I was pregnant. Now that I know I'm pregnant, I have gained 10 pounds in two weeks and I am still bingeing and purging once or twice a day. What effect does all of this have on my first baby?

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Bingeing and purging are very dangerous to your health, pregnant or not. First, I urge you to get help for this problem right away. I can't emphasize this enough, for people actually die from this illness, and you must get help to stop. Bingeing and purging deprive your body of the nutrients you ingest with food, and also deplete your body of essential nutrients and enzymes through the vomiting. Bingeing and purging alter your chemical balance and can cause your heart to stop beating. This is a serious health problem, not just something you do to keep your weight in check. You should immediately tell your primary care physician or your obstetrician about this, but you'll also need help from a qualified therapist or psychiatrist working in close cooperation with your obstetrician. Now, about the pregnancy. Bingeing and purging are not at all healthy for a pregnancy. Your fetus is not receiving the nutrients it needs to grow appropriately. If you are truly bingeing and purging, you might be at high risk for miscarriage, severe nutritional deprivation for the fetus, and even stillbirth. There is no time to waste here, so seek help immediately.  
 
 
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