Post-pregnancy dieting was a dangerous trigger for this mother, who now finds herself pregnant again and battling an eating disorder
When the average woman falls pregnant, her first thought isn’t fear that her weight will creep up. To be honest, it’s probably her second thought. Weight issues are a sad source of anxiety for countless women and expectant mums aren’t spared. However this pregnant mum has taken her fear about weight gain to a dangerous place, one that has doctors fearing for her safety and for the safety of her unborn baby. Here is her story.
Claire Fillingham is 27, pregnant, anorexic and bulimic all at the same time. She makes herself vomit up to 10 times a day and has lost six kilos since her 12 week scan.
Now Claire is days away from giving birth and worries she won’t have the strength to endure labour.
Why is she doing this to herself?
Claire lives on a diet of one slice of toast, a bowl of soup and endless glasses of diet cola but majority of this is thrown up. Her body is struggling to keep her upright on such a small amount of food and she regularly feels lightheaded. If she feels faint she eats a small packet of lollies.
Sometimes she keeps them down.
Doctors have been gravely concerned about her and her baby and have urged her to drink nutrition drinks to help her body cope but the expectant mum has confessed she often vomits these up too. However despite her dangerous eating habits she’s been told that the baby boy she’s expecting is healthy, for now.
Claire is married to Lee, a 31-year-old security engineer. She managed to overcome her eating disorder during their marriage and her first pregnancy with now two-year-old daughter India. She thought she’d beaten it. She put on weight ahead of their wedding and during her first pregnancy but didn’t care. She was happy and in love. Now that she’s pregnant with her second child, her eating disorder has caught up with her again.
It was while trying to lose the weight from her first pregnancy that the old habits resurfaced. She first developed an eating disorder when she was a 13-year-old ice skater. She tried to lose some weight after someone commented that she’d put on weight during a family holiday. By the age of 14 she was skipping meals and developed anorexia. She ended up becoming a fitness instructor and fought eating disorders until meeting Lee.