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Pregnant Woman in Nature

Eating Disorders and Pregnancy Treatment, Prenatal Nutrition Therapy in the St. Louis Area, Missouri, and Illinois

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Provide Help for Pregnant Women Struggling with Eating Disorders - Experience Recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Orthorexia, Disordered Eating, and Other Eating Disorders and Reduce Risks During Pregnancy and Labor

What is the prevalence of eating disorders during pregnancy?

It’s estimated that 1-4% of pregnant women may experience an eating disorder during pregnancy. Oftentimes, cases of eating disorders during pregnancy may go undiagnosed or unreported making it challenging to determine the true prevalence.

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Can not eating enough cause birth defects?

Unfortunately, yes! Adequate nutrition during pregnancy is essential for the baby’s growth and development. Severe malnutrition or nutrient deficiencies, especially during critical periods of fetal developments can increase birth defects.

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How does unhealthy eating affect pregnancy?

Not consuming enough calories during pregnancy or overcoming energy can lead to issues such as nutrient deficiencies, maternal health risks such as anemia, fatigue, and poor immune functioning. Babies may experience low birth weight, preterm birth, and developmental delays. Our bodies need adequate nutrition in order to function best. This includes a variety of nutritious and fun foods throughout the day.

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What are the dangers of eating too much during pregnancy?

Some potential risks for both the mom and the baby may include gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive weight gain, fetal macrosomia, and increased risk of childhood health issues for the baby.

What does medical nutrition therapy include for women who are struggling with eating disorders and pregnancy?

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for pregnancy and disordered eating includes a very individualized plan to address both the nutritional needs of the mother and the health of the developing baby. Dietitians can assist with meal planning needs to address any aversions or challenges related to the eating disorder and ensure adequate intake while minimizing eating disorder behaviors.. As always, we recommend a team approach with a therapist, dietitian, and OB/GYN to start.

Our Team of Dietitian Nutritionists and  Eating Disorder Specialists in the Greater St. Louis Area

Branz Nutrition Counseling is a team of certified eating disorder dietitians who provide compassionate care to those struggling with their relationship to food. Our approach is weight-inclusive, LGBTQIA+, and social justice-oriented, which means that we believe that everyone deserves access to quality care. 

 

We can't wait to meet you!

With locations in Illinois and Missouri, we offer both virtual and in-person counseling sessions. And, we are licensed to provide Telehealth nutrition therapy to  patients around the country.

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We see clients in person in the St. Louis area, Missouri, Illinois, and from around the country via Telehealth. Learn more here.

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How It Works - An Easy Three-Step Process to Get You on the Road to Recovery

Make An Appointment

What service do you need? Schedule a 15-minute discovery call, free of charge. It is a great way for a dietitian on our team to get to know you and your unique needs.

Meet with your Personal Dietitian

Be paired with the dietitian nutritionist on our team and get continued support with one of our online groups. One-on-one counseling, in-person, or virtual. WE TAKE INSURANCE!

Take Control of Your Life

Heal your relationship with food and your body. Choose the best foods for your unique needs. Get the tools you need to live a healthy life. Receive continued support.

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