The views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain: An exploratory study

Ellinor K. Olander*, Lou Atkinson, Jemma K. Edmunds, David P. French

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Objectives: To explore the views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain. The health professionals' views concerning their provision to prevent unhealthy weight gain in pregnancy were also elicited. These views may inform the design of future interventions targeting gestational weight gain. Study design: Focus groups were conducted with pregnant women (n= 9 and one midwife) and post-natal women (n= 14). One focus group (n= 6) and one interview was conducted with health professionals. The focus groups were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Main outcome measures: Themes concerning women's and health professionals' views about gestational weight gain and the health professionals views of their care related to gestational weight gain. Results: The women expressed a lack of concern regarding their weight in pregnancy. The pregnant women reported not monitoring their weight and commonly assumed they would lose weight post-natally through breastfeeding. The health professionals reported being aware of the women's views, but lacked information to give to the women regarding healthy weight gain. Conclusions: Women lacked concern regarding their gestational weight gain at least partly due to not receiving appropriate information from their midwives and other health professionals. The health professionals were in turn unsure of what to advise women regarding appropriate gestational weight gain. By ensuring midwives and other health professionals have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to discuss weight with pregnant women, the women in turn may be more motivated to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalSexual and Reproductive Healthcare
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

Fingerprint

Women's Health
Weight Gain
Health
Midwifery
Weights and Measures
Focus Groups
Pregnant Women
Pregnancy
Breast Feeding
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Interviews

Bibliographical note

© 2011, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Keywords

  • Focus group
  • Gestation
  • Health professional
  • Post-natal care
  • Pre-natal care
  • Weight gain women

Cite this

Olander, Ellinor K. ; Atkinson, Lou ; Edmunds, Jemma K. ; French, David P. / The views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain : An exploratory study. In: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. 2011 ; Vol. 2, No. 1. pp. 43-48.
@article{cb7daf0a34ad4773bc70ddd09d70d1b2,
title = "The views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain: An exploratory study",
abstract = "Objectives: To explore the views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain. The health professionals' views concerning their provision to prevent unhealthy weight gain in pregnancy were also elicited. These views may inform the design of future interventions targeting gestational weight gain. Study design: Focus groups were conducted with pregnant women (n= 9 and one midwife) and post-natal women (n= 14). One focus group (n= 6) and one interview was conducted with health professionals. The focus groups were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Main outcome measures: Themes concerning women's and health professionals' views about gestational weight gain and the health professionals views of their care related to gestational weight gain. Results: The women expressed a lack of concern regarding their weight in pregnancy. The pregnant women reported not monitoring their weight and commonly assumed they would lose weight post-natally through breastfeeding. The health professionals reported being aware of the women's views, but lacked information to give to the women regarding healthy weight gain. Conclusions: Women lacked concern regarding their gestational weight gain at least partly due to not receiving appropriate information from their midwives and other health professionals. The health professionals were in turn unsure of what to advise women regarding appropriate gestational weight gain. By ensuring midwives and other health professionals have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to discuss weight with pregnant women, the women in turn may be more motivated to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy.",
keywords = "Focus group, Gestation, Health professional, Post-natal care, Pre-natal care, Weight gain women",
author = "Olander, {Ellinor K.} and Lou Atkinson and Edmunds, {Jemma K.} and French, {David P.}",
note = "{\circledC} 2011, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/",
year = "2011",
month = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.srhc.2010.10.004",
language = "English",
volume = "2",
pages = "43--48",
number = "1",

}

The views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain : An exploratory study. / Olander, Ellinor K.; Atkinson, Lou; Edmunds, Jemma K.; French, David P.

In: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, Vol. 2, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 43-48.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - The views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain

T2 - An exploratory study

AU - Olander, Ellinor K.

AU - Atkinson, Lou

AU - Edmunds, Jemma K.

AU - French, David P.

N1 - © 2011, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

PY - 2011/1

Y1 - 2011/1

N2 - Objectives: To explore the views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain. The health professionals' views concerning their provision to prevent unhealthy weight gain in pregnancy were also elicited. These views may inform the design of future interventions targeting gestational weight gain. Study design: Focus groups were conducted with pregnant women (n= 9 and one midwife) and post-natal women (n= 14). One focus group (n= 6) and one interview was conducted with health professionals. The focus groups were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Main outcome measures: Themes concerning women's and health professionals' views about gestational weight gain and the health professionals views of their care related to gestational weight gain. Results: The women expressed a lack of concern regarding their weight in pregnancy. The pregnant women reported not monitoring their weight and commonly assumed they would lose weight post-natally through breastfeeding. The health professionals reported being aware of the women's views, but lacked information to give to the women regarding healthy weight gain. Conclusions: Women lacked concern regarding their gestational weight gain at least partly due to not receiving appropriate information from their midwives and other health professionals. The health professionals were in turn unsure of what to advise women regarding appropriate gestational weight gain. By ensuring midwives and other health professionals have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to discuss weight with pregnant women, the women in turn may be more motivated to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy.

AB - Objectives: To explore the views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain. The health professionals' views concerning their provision to prevent unhealthy weight gain in pregnancy were also elicited. These views may inform the design of future interventions targeting gestational weight gain. Study design: Focus groups were conducted with pregnant women (n= 9 and one midwife) and post-natal women (n= 14). One focus group (n= 6) and one interview was conducted with health professionals. The focus groups were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Main outcome measures: Themes concerning women's and health professionals' views about gestational weight gain and the health professionals views of their care related to gestational weight gain. Results: The women expressed a lack of concern regarding their weight in pregnancy. The pregnant women reported not monitoring their weight and commonly assumed they would lose weight post-natally through breastfeeding. The health professionals reported being aware of the women's views, but lacked information to give to the women regarding healthy weight gain. Conclusions: Women lacked concern regarding their gestational weight gain at least partly due to not receiving appropriate information from their midwives and other health professionals. The health professionals were in turn unsure of what to advise women regarding appropriate gestational weight gain. By ensuring midwives and other health professionals have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to discuss weight with pregnant women, the women in turn may be more motivated to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy.

KW - Focus group

KW - Gestation

KW - Health professional

KW - Post-natal care

KW - Pre-natal care

KW - Weight gain women

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=78649968096&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877575610000777?via%3Dihub

U2 - 10.1016/j.srhc.2010.10.004

DO - 10.1016/j.srhc.2010.10.004

M3 - Article

C2 - 21147458

AN - SCOPUS:78649968096

VL - 2

SP - 43

EP - 48

IS - 1

ER -