Early psychiatric support vital for women with anorexia planning pregnancy: guidelines

Australian psychiatrists have filled a gap with a world-first focus on antenatal and postnatal care for women with the eating disorder

Women with anorexia who are planning pregnancy should be offered mental health interventions before rather than after conception, according to new guidelines.

The postpartum period and transition to parenthood also requires close management given the risk of relapse to restrictive eating practices once fetal wellbeing is no longer a concern, clinicians say.

Led by Melbourne psychiatrist Professor Megan Galbally, Australian and UK researchers have developed the first guidelines for