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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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dc.contributor.advisor Forbes, Laura
dc.contributor.author Strom, Michele
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-08T15:23:28Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-08T15:23:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-09
dc.date.created 2016-08-26
dc.date.issued 2016-09-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9984
dc.description.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 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship CSAHS en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject pregnancy en_US
dc.subject gestational en_US
dc.subject weight gain en_US
dc.subject eating en_US
dc.subject experiences en_US
dc.subject prenatal care en_US
dc.title Women’s Experiences with Gestational Weight Gain: A Qualitative Investigation of Canadian Women’s Thoughts, Experiences and Current Practices en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Applied Nutrition en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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