Eating Disorders in the Perinatal Period: Implications for Pregnancy and Birth

Dr Abigail Easter

Eating Disorders in the Perinatal Period: Implications for Pregnancy and Birth

Dr Abigail Easter



Part of the symposium ‘Women’s Health Across The Lifespan

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Session Outlines and Learning Objectives

About the session

Approximately 2-5% of women experience an eating disorder during pregnancy.

This can have implications for both their physical and mental health during the perinatal period. This talk will help understand the impact of eating disorders during the perinatal period, and how best to identify and support women at this time.

Watch this session to:


  • How eating disorders are defined
  • The implications of having an eating disorder for pregnancy and birth
  • The types of treatments and interventions available to women


  • The number of women affected by eating disorders in pregnancy
  • The support needs of women with eating disorders during pregnancy
  • Nutritional advice for women with eating disorders in pregnancy


  • Describe the different types of eating disorders
  • Assess how eating disorder affect pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood
  • Consider ways to provide support and guidance to women with eating disorders in pregnancy
Professor Laura Magee

Guest speaker

Dr Abigail Easter
Senior Lecturer in Maternal and Newborn Health, Department of Women and Children’s Health, School of Life Course Science, at King’s College London

Dr Abigail Easter is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and Deputy Lead for the Maternity and Perinatal Mental Health research theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London. Dr Easter completed her PhD in maternal eating disorders, and the effects on pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. Her current research focuses on maternal morbidity and mortality among women experiencing mental health problems and bridging the gap between maternity and mental healthcare services to inform care of women with multi-morbidity.

Melissa Mogor


Dr Angela Flynn
Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, King’s College London

Dr Flynn is a Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London. She started her career as a community pharmacist in Ireland and subsequently completed an MSc in Nutrition followed by a PhD in Maternal Nutrition at King’s College London. Her research focuses on interventions that aim to improve outcomes for women before, and during pregnancy, particularly women at risk of developing gestational diabetes. Other interests include examining the relationship between maternal micronutrient status and pregnancy outcomes.

Melissa Mogor


Dr Sara White
Clinician Scientist and Maternal Diabetes Clinical Research Lead, Department of Women and Children’s Health, King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Metabolic Medicine (Clinical Biochemistry), Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Sara White is a Metabolic Physician with clinical expertise in diabetes in pregnancy. During her PhD she investigated early pregnancy gestational diabetes (GDM) prediction and metabolic profiles amongst obese women with GDM. Her research explores GDM pathophysiology and stratification of potential subtypes, plus ways to improve outcomes in at-risk women.

Part of the symposium series:

Women’s Health Across The Lifespan


This symposium is approved for CPD by the BDA and AfN

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Women’s health has received greater publicity in the last year, which has resulted in more people seeking advice and support in this area. Therefore this masterclass will support those who are practicing in this field.

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This webinar is being run in association with the Department of Women and Children’s Health and Nutritional Sciences at Kings College London, Benecol Healthcare Professional team and the BDA Maternal and Fertility Specialist Group

The research of the Department of Women and Children’s Health at King’s College London, centres around the concept of the life course of health. The health of the next generation begins at the earliest stages, the research spans preconception, maternity, infancy and adolescence.


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