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Type: Journal article
Title: Enablers of and barriers to making healthy change during pregnancy in overweight and obese women
Author: Sui, Z.
Turnbull, D.
Dodd, J.
Citation: Australasian Medical Journal, 2013; 6(11):565-577
Publisher: Australasian Medical Journal Pty Ltd
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1836-1935
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Zhixian Sui, Deborah Turnbull, Jodie Dodd
Abstract: BACKGROUND High Body Mass Index (BMI) during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of adverse health outcomes. Making healthy change during pregnancy is beneficial, especially for overweight and obese women. AIMS The aim of this study was to explore the barriers and enablers identified by overweight and obese women that preclude and facilitate making healthy change during pregnancy. METHOD We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients who presented with suicide attempts to the Rockhampton Base Hospital Emergency Department, Queensland Australia from 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2009. Multivariate logistic regression was undertaken to identify risk factors for ICU and regular ward admission, and predictors of suicide method. RESULTS The core concept of “being pregnant” indicated women consider this specific time as both a reason not to make healthy change as well as a motivation for change. Overweight and obese women cited the following barriers to making healthy change during pregnancy: physiological (e.g. pregnancy complications and tiredness); emotional (e.g. preference and mood); cognitive (e.g. lack knowledge); interpersonal (e.g. lack support); and environmental (e.g. availability of healthy choice). Similar enablers were identified by overweight and obese women: physiological (e.g. relief of pregnancy symptoms); emotional (e.g. approval and commitment); cognitive (e.g. knowledge and belief); interpersonal (e.g. family support); and environmental (e.g. help from others). More barriers than enablers were given, indicating that women were more sensitive to barriers than the enablers for making healthy change. Factors viewed by some women as barriers were viewed as enablers by others. CONCLUSION When designing interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity during pregnancy, individually focused interventions must be implemented in conjunction with environmental-level interventions to facilitate behaviour change.
Keywords: Pregnancy
healthy change
Rights: © Australasian Medical Journal
DOI: 10.4066/AMJ.2013.1881
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