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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pregorexia: One woman's struggle : News : KXRM FOX 21

A dangerous combination, pregnancy and anorexia

By Rachel Welte

…Kumar-Gill said having an eating disorder while pregnant is extremely dangerous to both mother and baby. She said the disease can result in a number of complications and sometimes even death.

"When people have eating-disordered behaviors during pregnancy they sometimes minimize it by saying it is only one behavior, but even one behavior can cause risk to the fetus," Kumar-Gill said.

For those experiencing an eating disorder while pregnant, Kumar-Gill said it is important to get professional help with the guidance of family or friends.

That's something Colliton has and continues to do. She said she hopes her story will encourage others to do the same.

"I think one has to be honest with how strong of a grip the disease has on that person," Colliton said.

Kumar-Gill said postpartum depression is also higher in women who struggle with an eating disorder while pregnant. She said over-exercising is also a component people need to be aware of.

Pregorexia: One woman's struggle : News : KXRM FOX 21

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