Motivators and barriers to a healthy postpartum lifestyle in women at increased cardiovascular and metabolic risk

a focus-group study

Meeke Hoedjes, Durk Berks, Ineke Vogel, Arie Franx, Johannes J Duvekot, Anke Oenema, Eric A P Steegers, Hein Raat

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe the motivators and barriers to the adoption of a healthy postpartum lifestyle after a pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and/or gestational diabetes.

METHODS: Thirty-six women with complicated pregnancies participated in six focus-group interviews that aimed to explore the perceptions of modifiable determinants of postpartum lifestyle.

RESULTS: Although women expressed that they intended to live a healthy postpartum lifestyle, it was generally not achieved. The motivators included improving their own current health condition as well as modeling a healthy lifestyle for their children. Important barriers were reported to be lack of knowledge, poor recovery, and lack of professional support after delivery.

CONCLUSIONS: The reported motivators and barriers can be used to develop a postpartum lifestyle intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-55
Number of pages9
JournalHypertension in pregnancy
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cardiovascular Diseases/prevention & control
  • Diabetes, Gestational/rehabilitation
  • Female
  • Fetal Growth Retardation/rehabilitation
  • Focus Groups
  • Glucose Metabolism Disorders/prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Life Style
  • Motivation
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pre-Eclampsia/rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy
  • Young Adult

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Hoedjes, Meeke ; Berks, Durk ; Vogel, Ineke ; Franx, Arie ; Duvekot, Johannes J ; Oenema, Anke ; Steegers, Eric A P ; Raat, Hein. / Motivators and barriers to a healthy postpartum lifestyle in women at increased cardiovascular and metabolic risk : a focus-group study. In: Hypertension in pregnancy. 2012 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 147-55.
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Motivators and barriers to a healthy postpartum lifestyle in women at increased cardiovascular and metabolic risk : a focus-group study. / Hoedjes, Meeke; Berks, Durk; Vogel, Ineke; Franx, Arie; Duvekot, Johannes J; Oenema, Anke; Steegers, Eric A P; Raat, Hein.

In: Hypertension in pregnancy, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2012, p. 147-55.

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