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Modifiable barriers to leisure-time physical activity during pregnancy: a qualitative study investigating first time mother's views and experiences

Connelly, Megan, Brown, Helen, van der Pligt, Paige and Teychenne, Megan 2015, Modifiable barriers to leisure-time physical activity during pregnancy: a qualitative study investigating first time mother's views and experiences, BMC pregnancy childbirth, vol. 15, no. 100, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0529-9.

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Title Modifiable barriers to leisure-time physical activity during pregnancy: a qualitative study investigating first time mother's views and experiences
Author(s) Connelly, Megan
Brown, HelenORCID iD for Brown, Helen orcid.org/0000-0002-5460-3654
van der Pligt, Paige
Teychenne, MeganORCID iD for Teychenne, Megan orcid.org/0000-0002-7293-8255
Journal name BMC pregnancy childbirth
Volume number 15
Issue number 100
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1471-2393
Keyword(s) Antenatal
Correlates
Exercise
Influences
Pregnancy
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology
PERCEIVED BARRIERS
POSTPARTUM
WOMEN
PERSPECTIVES
BEHAVIORS
BELIEFS
LATINA
Summary BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests physical activity often declines during pregnancy, however explanations for the decline are not well understood. The aim of this study was to identify modifiable barriers to leisure-time physical activity among women who did not meet physical activity guidelines during pregnancy. METHODS: Analyses were based on data from 133 mothers (~3-months postpartum) who were recruited from the Melbourne InFANT Extend study (2012/2013). Women completed a self-report survey at baseline in which they reported their leisure-time physical activity levels during pregnancy as well provided an open-ended written response regarding the key barriers that they perceived prevented them from meeting the physical activity guidelines during their pregnancy. Thematic analyses were conducted to identify key themes. RESULTS: The qualitative data revealed six themes relating to the barriers of leisure-time physical activity during pregnancy. These included work-related factors (most commonly reported), tiredness, pregnancy-related symptoms, being active but not meeting the guidelines, lack of motivation, and a lack of knowledge of recommendations. CONCLUSION: Considering work-related barriers were suggested to be key factors to preventing women from meeting the physical activity guidelines during pregnancy, workplace interventions aimed at providing time management skills along with supporting physical activity programs for pregnant workers should be considered. Such interventions should also incorporate knowledge and education components, providing advice for undertaking leisure-time physical activity during pregnancy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0529-9
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, BioMed Central
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073438

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