Moving Through Motherhood: A mixed methods investigation into experiences of physical activity, and physical activity advice around pregnancy
ISPAH ePoster Library. Pulsford R. 10/16/18; 225490; 545
Dr. Richard Pulsford
Dr. Richard Pulsford
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Abstract Background:<\b>
Evidence for the benefits of physical activity (PA) for mother and baby during pregnancy is compelling. However PA levels amongst expectant mothers remain disproportionately low, due in part to; i) unclear and conflicting guidance from disparate sources regarding what is safe, appropriate and healthy, and ii) diverse experiences of pregnancy. Methods:<\b>
‘Moving Through Motherhood’ (MtM) aims to develop new resources for expectant mothers to support confident, safe and healthy choices for PA during pregnancy. In Phase 1, qualitative and quantitative data was collected using an online survey distributed via UK mothers’ networks in December 2017. Questionnaire items examined prior experiences of PA and PA guidance during pregnancy, what guidance would be considered welcome/useful, and how/where this guidance should be available. Results:<\b>
589 women responded. 71% reported being at least ‘Quite Active’ before pregnancy, but 60% reported reduced PA during pregnancy. While over three-quarters of respondents reported receiving PA advice, this came from a wide range of sources, and was often vague and unhelpful. Only 31% were aware of national guidelines. Diverse experiences of pregnancy, safety concerns, and fear of judgement further undermined confidence with PA.Conclusions: Findings highlight the need for accessible resources that support safe and healthy PA choices. Findings have informed the Phase 1 development of the MtM web-platform which provides evidence-based PA guidance using ‘like-me’ vignettes reflecting diverse experiences of pregnancy. Phase 2 includes national data collection, stakeholder consultation, and extensive user-group evaluation to inform continued development of the MtM platform. External funding details GW4-Alliance Seed Award (RP) #GW4CrucibleSF1706
Abstract Background:<\b>
Evidence for the benefits of physical activity (PA) for mother and baby during pregnancy is compelling. However PA levels amongst expectant mothers remain disproportionately low, due in part to; i) unclear and conflicting guidance from disparate sources regarding what is safe, appropriate and healthy, and ii) diverse experiences of pregnancy. Methods:<\b>
‘Moving Through Motherhood’ (MtM) aims to develop new resources for expectant mothers to support confident, safe and healthy choices for PA during pregnancy. In Phase 1, qualitative and quantitative data was collected using an online survey distributed via UK mothers’ networks in December 2017. Questionnaire items examined prior experiences of PA and PA guidance during pregnancy, what guidance would be considered welcome/useful, and how/where this guidance should be available. Results:<\b>
589 women responded. 71% reported being at least ‘Quite Active’ before pregnancy, but 60% reported reduced PA during pregnancy. While over three-quarters of respondents reported receiving PA advice, this came from a wide range of sources, and was often vague and unhelpful. Only 31% were aware of national guidelines. Diverse experiences of pregnancy, safety concerns, and fear of judgement further undermined confidence with PA.Conclusions: Findings highlight the need for accessible resources that support safe and healthy PA choices. Findings have informed the Phase 1 development of the MtM web-platform which provides evidence-based PA guidance using ‘like-me’ vignettes reflecting diverse experiences of pregnancy. Phase 2 includes national data collection, stakeholder consultation, and extensive user-group evaluation to inform continued development of the MtM platform. External funding details GW4-Alliance Seed Award (RP) #GW4CrucibleSF1706
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