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The Weigh to a Healthy Pregnancy: Evaluation of a Regional WeightManagement Programme for Obese Pregnant Women

Sinclair, Marlene, Murphy, MH, Hill, Alyson and Bunting, Brendan (2016) The Weigh to a Healthy Pregnancy: Evaluation of a Regional WeightManagement Programme for Obese Pregnant Women. Biology and Medicine, 8 (7). [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.4172/0974-8369.1000355

Abstract

AbstractBackground: Maternal obesity is associated with significant health risks and costs. Identifying effectiveinterventions for treatment and management of obese women in pregnancy is required to reduce these risks. Theaim of this project was to evaluate the feasibility of the ‘Weigh to a Healthy Pregnancy Programme’ (WTHP),designed to help limit gestational weight gain (GWG) in women with a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40 kg/m2 throughhealthy lifestyle changes. Pregnant women in Northern Ireland with body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40 kg/m2 wererecruited to participate in this programme between April 2013-April 2014. Women received a structured supportprogramme including tailored advice and group sessions during pregnancy. Both quantitative and qualitative datawere collected at 9 time points during pregnancy and in early postnatal period.Results: Of 381 women invited to participate 306 (80%) agreed to take part of which 217 (71%) completed theprogramme. Women were approximately 118 kgs at recruitment (average 10.7 weeks gestation). Overall, womengained an average of 4.65 kgs from their booking appointment (<12 weeks gestation) to delivery (range 36-40weeks), just below the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended guidelines of 5-9 kgs. Qualitative data collectedfrom interviews demonstrates that women who completed the programme made positive changes to diet andphysical activity habits.Conclusion: Evaluation of WTHP provides evidence that this intervention has the potential

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Pregnant women; Obesity; Weight gain; Healthy lifestyle programme
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Physical Activity and Health
ID Code:37898
Deposited By: Professor Marlene Sinclair
Deposited On:22 May 2017 11:07
Last Modified:29 Aug 2018 09:52

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