In my last couple of posts, Could Your Weight be Contributing to Your Infertility? and Fertility, Obesity, and Eating Disorders, I have been talking about how obesity has been linked to fertility issues. I have also been sharing about my own struggles with the eating disorder of binge and compulsive overeating.
If you have an eating disorder, it has likely become much more intense as you have been facing your infertility challenges. Infertility is very painful, and eating disorders are ways in which we use our bodies to manage our painful emotions. Infertility is the fuel that increasingly flames the fire. You might find that your eating disorder is more out of control than ever.
If you do succeed in becoming pregnant, you… [more]
In my last post, Could Your Weight be Contributing to Your Infertility?, I talked about a new study that links obesity to a decrease in fertility. I also shared that I used to struggle with the eating disorder of binge and compulsive overeating. So, I know how hard of a blow my last post might have been to some of you who struggle with your weight.
Unfortunately, if you have an eating disorder like I did, losing weight is not as simple as going to Weight Watchers. Eating disorders are fueled by emotional pain. For me, each time I binged on food, I was "stuffing down" painful emotions that I was not ready to deal with. When I would diet, I would lose the… [more]
From thisarticle, I also found out that it is possible to achieve pregnancy while suffering from an eating disorder. This is mostly true for women who are bulimic, in part, because they are able to have a healthy body weight during their bouts with their disease. From the article, here are some of the risks of being pregnant while having an eating disorder: Getting pregnant while suffering from an eating disorder increases the risk of: Gestational diabetes Preeclampsia Labor complications Needing a c-section Postpartum Depression (bulimics are especially vulnerable to this) Infant death within the first month after birth Baby being born with a low birth weight Jaundice Low APGAR scores Low amniotic fluid Placental separation Birth defects, especially blindness and mental retardation Achievement of pregnancy after treatment… [more]
Above my posts on this blog is a banner that advertises certain resolutions to infertility and information on adoption and such. While I was reading through my comments a while back, I noticed that all three ads were regarding eating disorders. Knowing that there must be a link between the two, I delved further into the connection. The site pregnancy-info.net had the following information. Right out of the box, I got a surprise that I didn't know about eating disorders. I had always known about anorexia and bulimia, but this site also adds in compulsive overeating as a disorder. All three types of eating disorders have numerous health problems associated with them. Due to the unhealthy weight and/or lack of nutrition, a… [more]