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Women’s Experiences with Gestational Weight Gain: A Qualitative Investigation of Canadian Women’s Thoughts, Experiences and Current Practices

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Title: Women’s Experiences with Gestational Weight Gain: A Qualitative Investigation of Canadian Women’s Thoughts, Experiences and Current Practices
Author: Strom, Michele
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Forbes, Laura
Abstract: This thesis investigates women’s experiences with their pregnancy weight gain and eating and describes women’s experiences with prenatal care regarding these topics. In total, 15 first time mothers who delivered within a year post partum, participated in one-on-one semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis was conducted. The results highlight that women’s experiences with pregnancy weight gain and eating are complex, change across pregnancy, and are influenced by many factors. In addition, the study explains women’s experiences with prenatal care, the pregnancy weight gain and eating information they receive and ideas for future resources. It identified four main gaps within prenatal care: 1) Prenatal care is not individualized, 2) Taking a client centered approach, 3) Educational opportunities earlier and later, and 4) More guidance on eating and weight gain. Data reveals opportunities to optimize prenatal care to best support future outcomes for mom and baby
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9984
Date: 2016-09
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