I was born 3mos premature.
I was in and out of the hospital for a year. My mother smoked, but not during the pregnancy.
It's a little over 19 years later and I have severe upper body weakness.
My hands are small and there is weak muscle. My hands are gnarled and claw-like. (This is not an exaggeration, this has been written on my disability forms.)
I have problems with hand-eye coordination, combined with this overall weakness it has been and is difficult for me when it comes to basic things such as swimming, riding a bicycle, and driving a car.
So PLEASE, think of your BABY, your CHILD and the PAIN they will have if you can't fight the disease for them-- if they survive at all! I almost didn't and my mother was fairly healthy!
Just joined to say one thing (ill leave the community as soon as i post this)
My grandma was anorexic from her early twenties to her fifties. She gained NINE pounds when she was pregnant with my mom--and my mom weighed 7.6 lbs at birth.
Well, it seems that this community is garnering a very negative response. I'm not sure exactly why, as people tend to call names instead of raising an intelligent debate. So I will try to pre-empt what I can...
I have the utmost concern for the health of my baby. I want her to have all the nutrition she needs to function properly. However, I am not interested in getting ANY more than the barest minimum of safety.
Lots of moms-to-be diet and work out. They stay skinny and svelte. Uma Thurman, Kate Moss, Katie Holmes, Heidi Klum, Gwenyth Paltrow...it goes on and on. They go on to have healthy, happy babies.
Anorexics like to compare anorexia to cancer. It is a disease, not a choice or a lifestyle. So let me ask you, if you got pregnant tomorrow, would you suddenly be recovered? If a cancer victim got pregnant, should she stop having cancer for the health of her baby?
Lastly, anorexia is NOT just about starvation. It is a mental disorder, involving the obsessions and predilections outlined in the DSM-IV. These issues still remain after conception.
And hey, at least we all have amenorrhea XD
EDIT: Lots of people are now saying that it's okay to damage yourself, but NOT okay to hurt others.
Ladies...if you think that your ED is not hurting ANYONE and EVERYONE who cares for you...you are fooling yourselves. Sorry.