Reuters (4/10, Jegtvig) reports that according to the results of a 2,257-patient study published online April 7 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women with a history of binge eating, anorexia nervosa or bulimia appeared to have an increased risk of complications related to their pregnancies. For example, expectant mothers with anorexia may become anemic and deliver babies with a low birth weight, while mothers with bulimia may deliver babies with a low Apgar score. Babies born to mothers who binge eat may be large, and the women themselves may have an increased likelihood of hypertension during pregnancy. The study authors recommended that such women be monitored more closely during pregnancy.
— “Women with eating disorders may have more pregnancy complications,”Shereen Jegtvit, Reuters, April 9, 2014.