Dr. Berkus explains if an eating disorder can prevent a woman from having a healthy baby.
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Question: Can an Eating Disorder prevent a woman from having a healthy baby? Dr. Vicki Berkus: If the eating disorders anorexia sure, because we know that we need 17% body fat to menstruate. If women have menstruating there is no way they are going to get pregnant. Once they are pregnant, if their not taking enough calories in to supported growing embryo and then to feed as, there is we know there is a higher risk of spontaneous abortions and patients with anorexia. So, hardly enough, once someone becomes pregnant they give themselves permission to eat, because now they are eating for themselves, they are eating for the baby. But it does require additional health and falling under high risk pregnancy condition.