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Table 5 Third order themes: Translation of themes related to pregnancy across the 12 primary studies

From: The experience of women with an eating disorder in the perinatal period: a meta-ethnographic study

Relates to: Themes Paper origin
During the pregnancy A time of tumultuous change 1) ‘I feel grotesque’: an ongoing struggle 2) feelings of loss of control, 3) a tug-of-war. Burton 2015 Patel 2005 Shaffer 2008 Stapleton 2008 Taborelli 2015 Stringer 2010 and Tierney 2011 Hollifield 1990 Lewis 1994 Little 2000
New context to view body 1) Experiencing a positive change in eating habits, and 2) a new body to love Namer 1986 Taborelli 2015 Tierney 2011
‘Hiding it’ Shaffer et al. 2008 Stapleton 2008 Stringer 2010 Willis 1988 Hollifield 1990 Little 2000
  The safety of my child Namer 1986 Patel 2005 Stringer 2010 and Tierney 2011 Hollifield 1990 Lewis 1994 Stapleton 2008
Post pregnancy- mother An overwhelming desire to lose weight Namer 1986 Patel 2005 Stapleton 2008 Taborelli 2015 Tierney 2011 Willis 1988 Little 2000