Many people feel unhappy with their bodies, especially during pregnancy. Pregnancy can make people feel worried or upset about their body’s changes. For those who had a history of disordered eating behaviors, these worries might make past eating problems come back. Unfortunately, we don’t have good programs to help with body dissatisfaction and disordered eating during pregnancy or postpartum.

We want to fix this. We have created two programs that aim to help with body image and eating concerns. In this research study, we are testing these programs to see which one is more effective. The main goal is to improve and prevent increased eating disorder symptoms and body dissatisfaction during pregnancy or postpartum.

If you decide to participate in this study, you will be assigned to one of two programs. Both groups will take part in six weekly 1-hour virtual sessions as well as surveys before the program, after the program, and during postpartum. Study participants may also be asked to complete a brief phone interview after the program to receive feedback. The purpose of these questions is to compare the programs to see which one works better.

We are looking for people to participate who are of 18 years of age or older, who are currently in the first or second trimester of pregnancy, and who have had a history of an eating disorder or eating problems. We will pay you up to $250 for being part of this study. If you want to join, click the link and fill out a form. If you have questions, please email mghthrive@mgb.org  or call at (617)-643-5154.