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Gestational weight gain information: seeking and sources among pregnant women

Willcox, Jane C., Campbell, Karen J., McCarthy, Elizabeth A., Lappas, Martha, Ball, Kylie, Crawford, David, Shub, Alexis and Wilkinson, Shelley A. 2015, Gestational weight gain information: seeking and sources among pregnant women, BMC pregnancy childbirth, vol. 15, no. 1, Article no: 164, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0600-6.

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Title Gestational weight gain information: seeking and sources among pregnant women
Author(s) Willcox, Jane C.ORCID iD for Willcox, Jane C. orcid.org/0000-0002-6306-5333
Campbell, Karen J.ORCID iD for Campbell, Karen J. orcid.org/0000-0002-4499-3396
McCarthy, Elizabeth A.
Lappas, Martha
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Shub, Alexis
Wilkinson, Shelley A.
Journal name BMC pregnancy childbirth
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Season Article no: 164
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1471-2393
Summary BACKGROUND: Promoting healthy gestational weight gain (GWG) is important for preventing obstetric and perinatal morbidity, along with obesity in both mother and child. Provision of GWG guidelines by health professionals predicts women meeting GWG guidelines. Research concerning women's GWG information sources is limited. This study assessed pregnant women's sources of GWG information and how, where and which women seek GWG information. METHODS: Consecutive women (n = 1032) received a mailed questionnaire after their first antenatal visit to a public maternity hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Recalled provision of GWG guidelines by doctors and midwives, recalled provided GWG goals, and the obtaining of GWG information and information sources were assessed. RESULTS: Participants (n = 368; 35.7 % response) averaged 32.5 years of age and 20.8 weeks gestation, with 33.7 % speaking a language other than English. One in ten women recalled receiving GWG guidelines from doctors or midwives, of which half were consistent with Institute of Medicine guidelines. More than half the women (55.4 %) had actively sought GWG information. Nulliparous (OR 7.07, 95 % CI = 3.91-12.81) and obese (OR 1.96, 95 % CI = 1.05-3.65) women were more likely to seek information. Underweight (OR 0.29, 95 % CI = 0.09-0.97) women and those working part time (OR 0.52, 95 % CI = 0.28-0.97) were less likely to seek information. Most frequently reported GWG sources included the internet (82.7 %), books (55.4 %) and friends (51.5 %). The single most important sources were identified as the internet (32.8 %), general practitioners (16.9 %) and books (14.9 %). CONCLUSION: More than half of women were seeking GWG guidance and were more likely to consult non-clinician sources. The small numbers given GWG targets, and the dominance of non-clinical information sources, reinforces that an important opportunity to provide evidence based advice and guidance in the antenatal care setting is currently being missed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0600-6
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's 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
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