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    I have a niece who is pregnant for the first time. She tells everyone how great it is but at the first sign of the baby bump she worked out and dieted to lose it. Doctor told her she had a choice, lose weight and lose the baby through malnourishment or start eating for two. Some of us were discussing her situation the other night and I mentioned that she may be exhibiting a symptom of some sort of psychological disorder. I was wondering if her efforts to become less fat was a sign of anorexia. If not, is there a medical term for this behavior or is it common among first time moms who have always prided themselves on their figure?


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    The doctor told her what?


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    If you can't convince her that dieting is a bad idea at this time (as in can't this wait a few months??) perhaps you can at least convince her to take prenatal vitamins or supplements recommended by her doctor, since they will not make her fat, and hopefully nature will make sure that the baby takes what it needs from her body for healthy development. But yeah, that sounds a little weird. You could also try to reassure her that not every pregnant woman develops a weight problem from pregnancy. I gained 10 pounds, and I lost ten pounds, and I ate a healthy diet and as much as I wanted, even things like ice cream.
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    It's not really right to eat less during pregnancy. At least, let her eat a balanced diet and let her avoid sweets and foods rich in fat. About her showing signs of anorexia, that's the first time I've heard about a pregnant woman undergoing through that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    I have a niece who is pregnant for the first time. She tells everyone how great it is but at the first sign of the baby bump she worked out and dieted to lose it. Doctor told her she had a choice, lose weight and lose the baby through malnourishment or start eating for two. Some of us were discussing her situation the other night and I mentioned that she may be exhibiting a symptom of some sort of psychological disorder.
    Is she purging?
    It's hard to diet enough to harm a baby; we evolved in a food-scarce environment, and a fetus is pretty good at getting what it needs. Of course eating a good diet is better for both mother and baby. At minimum try to ensure she takes prenatal vitamins (folate specifically.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Doctor told her she had a choice, lose weight and lose the baby through malnourishment or start eating for two.
    You don't need to eat for 2 - just eat normally for one (i.e. don't diet).
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    Plus-size women may not gain as much weight during pregnancy as normal-weight or underweight moms-to-be -- and this is totally fine and should have no impact on your baby's development.
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    There is a difference between dieting and altering your diet to eat right. She doesn't need to eat less, per se, but she might find it helpful to eat a different diet than she ate before she was pregnant. Certainly, she doesn't want to sacrifice nutrition to lose weight. Perhaps she can just offset her weight gain with more physical activity.
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    She needs to just eat healthy & normally for her pregnacy, after that she can starve herself into exile if she likes.

    however if she intends to keep the baby, she needs to eat. 9 months wont kill her. sides pregger chicks are hot
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