Article

Physical activity in pregnant women with Class III obesity: A qualitative exploration of attitudes and behaviours

Citation

Denison FC, Weir Z, Carver H, Norman J & Reynolds RM (2015) Physical activity in pregnant women with Class III obesity: A qualitative exploration of attitudes and behaviours. Midwifery, 31 (12), pp. 1163-1167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2015.08.006

Abstract
Objective  to explore the barriers and facilitators to physical activity and lifestyle interventions in pregnant women with Class III obesity (body mass index >40kg/m2).  Design  qualitative study using in-depth, semi-structure interviews framed by the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted using a topic guide. Data analysis was undertaken using a Framework Approach and was informed by the theory of planned behaviour. Recruitment and analysis continued until data saturation was reached.  Setting  participants were recruited from an antenatal clinic for women with Class III obesity.  Participants  pregnant women (n=13) with Class III obesity.  Measurements and outcomes  three major themes emerged from the data analysis: having a healthy lifestyle awareness, complex barriers to lifestyle changes and having personalised solutions to promote healthy lifestyle. Women were aware of the benefits of physical activity during pregnancy but had complex barriers to engaging with activity.  Conclusions and implications for practice  future lifestyle interventions for women with Class III in pregnancy should take into account individual, societal and support barriers towards weight management and lifestyle choices in pregnancy. Programs that provide personalised support which are sensitive to the specific physical and psychological needs of women with Class III obesity which focus on the benefits and safety of physical activity for both mother and baby may be more likely to be successful. Further research is needed to explore the feasibility and acceptability of tailored programs.

Keywords
Pregnancy; Class III obesity; Physical activity; Obstetrics

Journal
Midwifery: Volume 31, Issue 12

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2015
Publication date online31/08/2015
Date accepted by journal13/08/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26402
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0266-6138