Eating disorders and pregnancy
Eating disorders can make it harder to get pregnant. They can also cause problems during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and premature birth (childbirth before 37 weeks of pregnancy). Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have an eating disorder and are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant.
Women and eating disorders
Women and girls are twice as likely as men to have an eating disorder.1 In the United States, about 20 million women will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. It is possible to have more than one eating disorder in your lifetime. It is also common for women and girls with an eating disorder to have other health problems, such as depression and anxiety.