FEATURE ARTICLEEating Disorders and Pregnancy Supporting the Anorexic or Bulimic Expectant MotherZauderer, Cheryl R. PhD, RN, CNM, NPP Author Information Cheryl R. Zauderer is an Assistant Professor from Department of Nursing, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] The author declares no conflict of interest. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing 37(1):p 48-55, January/February 2012. | DOI: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182385224 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Eating disorders have been on the rise since the 1980s. For a woman previously treated for an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, a pregnancy may exacerbate prior symptoms. Women with an eating disorder may also be embarrassed by or reluctant to reveal prior or current symptoms to healthcare providers. This article presents a case study of an expectant new mother with a history of anorexia. The information will help nurses become more alert to predisposing factors that may indicate a potential problem with an eating disorder, and provide practical ways to help these women cope with their anxiety about their changing bodies. As a result, nurses can help these women maintain a healthy pregnancy with a good neonatal outcome. How do you practice your best nursing skills with pregnant women with disordered eating? Dr. Zauderer has a case study and the facts from the literature for you. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.