Anorexia Nervosa and Adolescent Pregnancy: A Case Report
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Adolescents face considerably higher maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality as a result of pregnancy in comparison to adult women. Additionally, adolescent mothers are also known to be at higher risk for certain psychiatric illnesses, such as peri and post-partum depression and PTSD; less is known, however, about eating disorders (EDs) in adolescent pregnancy. In the adult literature, EDs during pregnancy are associated with detrimental effects on maternal and fetal health. Despite the fact that EDs during pregnancy and early child bearing can both individually increase risk to mother and child, there is a paucity of research exploring pregnancy in adolescence and concomitant EDs.
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