Preventing excessive gestational weight gain : a systematic review of interventions

Skouteris, H., Hartley-Clark, L., McCabe, M., Milgrom, J., Kent, B., Herring, S. J. and Gale, J. 2010, Preventing excessive gestational weight gain : a systematic review of interventions, Obestiy reviews, vol. 11, no. 11, pp. 757-768, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2010.00806.x.

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Title Preventing excessive gestational weight gain : a systematic review of interventions
Author(s) Skouteris, H.
Hartley-Clark, L.
McCabe, M.
Milgrom, J.
Kent, B.
Herring, S. J.
Gale, J.
Journal name Obestiy reviews
Volume number 11
Issue number 11
Start page 757
End page 768
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-11
ISSN 1467-7881
Keyword(s) gestational weight gain
Summary Women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy have an increased risk of post-partum obesity, and retention of gestational weight gain (GWG) post birth is a strong predictor of maternal overweight/obesity a decade or more after the birth. The aim of the current review was to identify, and evaluate the effect of key variables designed to modify risk factors for excessive weight gain in pregnant
women that have been targeted in interventions over the last decade. The 10 interventions focused primarily on behavioural changes in relation to physical activity and/or to eating. While six studies reported significantly less weight gain in the intervention women, only three showed that women in the intervention were significantly more likely to gain within recommended guidelines. GWG was reduced in only normal-weight, low-income, obese, or overweight women, or not at all. Only one study reported a reduction in GWG in women with body mass indexes spanning the normal, overweight and obese categories. The findings were inconsistent in relation to what factors need to be targeted in intervention programmes to reduce GWG. Consideration of psychological factors relevant to pregnancy, in addition to behavioural changes in relation to eating and physical activity, is suggested for future intervention studies.
Notes Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2010.00806.x
Field of Research 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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