Correlates of pregnant women's gestational weight gain knowledge

Willcox, Jane Catherine, Ball, Kylie, Campbell, Karen Jane, Crawford, David Andrew and Wilkinson, Shelley Ann 2017, Correlates of pregnant women's gestational weight gain knowledge, Midwifery, vol. 49, pp. 32-39, doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2016.08.011.

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Title Correlates of pregnant women's gestational weight gain knowledge
Author(s) Willcox, Jane CatherineORCID iD for Willcox, Jane Catherine
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie
Campbell, Karen JaneORCID iD for Campbell, Karen Jane
Crawford, David AndrewORCID iD for Crawford, David Andrew
Wilkinson, Shelley Ann
Journal name Midwifery
Volume number 49
Start page 32
End page 39
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-06
ISSN 1532-3099
Keyword(s) Gestational weight gain
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Summary OBJECTIVE: to investigate correlates of pregnant women's gestational weight gain (GWG) knowledge commensurate with GWG guidelines.

DESIGN: cross sectional quantitative study.

SETTING: an Australian tertiary level maternity hospital.

PARTICIPANTS: pregnant women (n=1032) following their first antenatal visit.

MEASUREMENTS: survey to assess GWG knowledge and a range of potential correlates of knowledge including socio-economic characteristics, pregnancy characteristics (parity, gestation, pre-pregnancy BMI) and GWG information procurement and GWG attitudinal variables.

FINDINGS: participants (n=366; 35.4% response) averaged 32.5 years of age with 33% speaking a language other than English. One third of women reported GWG knowledge consistent with guidelines. Women overweight prior to pregnancy were less likely to underestimate appropriate GWG (RRR 0.23, 95% CI=0.09-0.59). Conversely, women in the overweight (RRR 8.80, 95% CI=4.02-19.25) and obese (RRR 19.62, 95% CI=8.03-48.00) categories were more likely to overestimate GWG recommendations, while tertiary educated women were less likely to overestimate GWG (RRR 0.28, 95% CI=0.10-0.79). No associations were found between GWG knowledge and pregnancy, GWG information source or attitudinal variables.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: the findings highlight women's lack of GWG knowledge and the role of pre-pregnancy body mass index and women's education as correlates of GWG knowledge. Women susceptible to poor GWG knowledge should be a priority target for individual and community-based education.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2016.08.011
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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