Only a minority of pregnant women with eating disorders (ED) is referred to treatment, and the pregnant woman is often uncertain on whether she is sick enough from ED to require treatment.

The aim of the paper is to contribute with professional input to the knowledge about pregnant women with ED. The paper includes a survey of the literature, a description of experiences from a specialized treatment center for ED, and recommendations for clinical practice.

The paper describes how vulnerable pregnant women with ED are, and that the group is easily overlooked. Professionals in contact with pregnant women has the opportunity to identify ED but often lack knowledge about the symptoms of ED in pregnancy, and what treatment is offered. GPs and other health professionals have potential to increase the detection, and local discussions of the interdisciplinary collaboration are recommended.

Keywords: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, eating disorder, pregnancy, prenatal care