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Pregnancy and eating disorders

Pregnancy and eating disorders

If you have an eating disorder and you are trying for a baby, you should be given advice about healthy eating and lifestyle, including the importance of stopping any harmful behaviours you use to control your weight. Healthcare professionals should also discuss with you the importance of good mental health and wellbeing.

If you are pregnant, you should have a named professional (usually your GP or midwife) to support you during your pregnancy and after your baby arrives. They will help you prepare for the changes that will happen to your body and will regularly check how you are getting on.

If you need treatment for your eating disorder during your pregnancy you should be offered the same psychological therapies as other people with eating disorders.

If you have anorexia, or had it in the past, your midwife will want to make sure you are getting the right nutrition to stay healthy and for your baby to develop well, so they are likely to offer you extra check-ups during your pregnancy.