Eating disorders are common among women during the childbearing years; however, information on eating disorders in pregnant and postpartum women is relatively sparse.
Children of mothers with eating disorders, and in particular the children of mothers with a current diagnosis of anorexia nervosa during pregnancy, are at an increased risk of either ADHD or ASD.
Greater attention to eating behaviors and screening eating disorders during pregnancy is the first step in improving outcomes in this population.
Exploring Some Complicated Issues: Body Image, Disordered Eating, and Weight in the Perinatal Period
Research has also identified an increased risk of disordered eating symptoms in the perinatal period even among women without an eating disorder diagnosis, yet gaps exist in our knowledge pertaining to the association between psychosocial risk factors and disordered eating in this population.