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

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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