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.
- Attitude to Health
- Cardiovascular Diseases/prevention & control
- Diabetes, Gestational/rehabilitation
- Fetal Growth Retardation/rehabilitation
- Focus Groups
- Glucose Metabolism Disorders/prevention & control
- Life Style
- Postpartum Period
- Young Adult