The nutrition-related information seeking behaviours and attitudes of pregnant women with a high BMI

A qualitative study

Catherine R. Knight-Agarwal, Rebecca Cubbage, Roslyn Sesleja, Madeleine Hinder, Rebecca Mete

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Background: The prevalence of high body mass index is increasing amongst women of child bearing age. High maternal body mass index has ramifications for both mother and baby including increased health risks from gestational diabetes mellitus, caesarean section and stillbirth. Despite the increasing prevalence of high maternal body mass index little is known of the experiences of these women regarding nutrition information access and use during the antenatal period. Methods: A qualitative study using individual interviews was undertaken at a tertiary hospital in south-eastern Australia. Twenty-Eight women with a body mass index ≥30 kg/m 2 participated. Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed, cross-checked for consistency and entered into a word processing document for further scrutiny. Data was analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). In any phenomenological study the researcher's objective is to elicit the participant's views on their lived experiences. Findings: Three major themes emerged: (1) Nutrition-related information attainment; (2) Nutrition-related information management; (3) Nutrition-related information needs and wants. Conclusion: The findings from this study may assist the future development and dissemination of nutrition-related information for pregnant women with a high body mass index. Women want more individualised support regarding nutritional requirements during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalWomen and Birth
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2019


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