Psychological health and lifestyle management preconception and in pregnancy

Hill, Briony, McPhie, Skye, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Gillman, Matthew W. and Skouteris, Helen 2016, Psychological health and lifestyle management preconception and in pregnancy, Seminars in reproductive medicine, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 121-128, doi: 10.1055/s-0036-1571352.

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Title Psychological health and lifestyle management preconception and in pregnancy
Author(s) Hill, BrionyORCID iD for Hill, Briony orcid.org/0000-0003-4993-3963
McPhie, Skye
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0003-1145-6057
Gillman, Matthew W.
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Seminars in reproductive medicine
Volume number 34
Issue number 2
Start page 121
End page 128
Total pages 8
Publisher Thieme Medical Publishers
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1526-8004
1526-4564
Keyword(s) preconception
pregnancy
psychological health
behavior change
Summary Healthful lifestyles before and during pregnancy are important to facilitate healthy outcomes for mother and baby. For example, behaviors such as a sedentary lifestyle and consuming an energy-dense/nutrient-poor diet increase the risk of overweight/obesity before pregnancy and excessive weight gain during pregnancy, leading to adverse maternal and child health outcomes. Maternal psychopathology may be implicated in the development of suboptimal maternal lifestyle behaviors before and during pregnancy, perhaps through impacts on motivation. This article explores this notion using maternal obesity and excessive gestational weight gain as examples of the health impacts of psychological states. We suggest that factors such as psychological well-being, individual motivation for behavior change, and broader environmental influences that affect both individual and system-wide determinants all play important roles in promoting healthy lifestyles periconception and are key modifiable aspects for intervention designers to consider when trying to improve dietary behaviors and increase physical activity before and during pregnancy. In addition, implementing system-wide changes that impact positively on individual and environmental barriers to behavior change that are sustainable, measureable, and effective is required.
Language eng
DOI 10.1055/s-0036-1571352
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
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 ©2016, Thieme Medical Publishers
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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