Factors associated with knowledge of personal gestational weight gain recommendations

Tracey Ledoux, Patricia Van Den Berg, Patrick Leung, Pamela D. Berens

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    Objectives: Excess adiposity (obesity and excess gestational weight gain, GWG) during pregnancy (EADP) increases risk for gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and child and maternal obesity. Personal GWG goals predict total GWG. Some estimates suggest only 30% of pregnant women have personal GWG goals that are congruent with Institute of Medicine GWG recommendations. The primary purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which perceived pre-pregnancy weight status, healthcare provider advice, knowledge of EADP risks, and value for healthy GWG predicted knowledge of GWG recommendations. The secondary purpose was to determine sources of GWG information among pregnant women. Methods: Pregnant women with a confirmed singleton pregnancy completed a one-time survey in obstetric clinic waiting rooms. Logistic regression analysis was used. Results: 246 predominantly African American, low income, overweight/obese women completed surveys. Average age was 25 (SD 5.3) and gestation age ranged from 7 to 40 weeks. Knowledge of pre-pregnancy weight status was the only unique predictor of GWG recommendation knowledge (B = .642, p = .03). The top three sources of GWG information were physicians, internet, and books. The least frequently reported sources of GWG information were other healthcare providers, community programs, and television. Conclusion: In low income diverse overweight/obese pregnant women, accurate pre-pregnancy weight status perception was the only significant unique predictor of knowledge of GWG recommendations. Physicians were the preferred source of GWG information. Clinicians should have frequent, ongoing conversations about weight status with women before, during, and after pregnancy.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number349
    JournalBMC Research Notes
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 13 2015

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    Weight Gain
    Obstetrics
    Medical problems
    Television
    Regression analysis
    Medicine
    Logistics
    Internet
    Pregnancy
    Pregnant Women
    Weights and Measures
    Health Personnel
    Weight Perception
    Physicians
    Women's Rights
    National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
    Gestational Diabetes
    Pediatric Obesity
    Adiposity
    Pre-Eclampsia

    Keywords

    • Gestational weight gain
    • Institute of Medicine recommendations
    • Knowledge
    • Obesity
    • Pregnancy

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    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Medicine(all)

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    Factors associated with knowledge of personal gestational weight gain recommendations. / Ledoux, Tracey; Van Den Berg, Patricia; Leung, Patrick; Berens, Pamela D.

    In: BMC Research Notes, Vol. 8, No. 1, 349, 13.08.2015.

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    Ledoux, Tracey ; Van Den Berg, Patricia ; Leung, Patrick ; Berens, Pamela D. / Factors associated with knowledge of personal gestational weight gain recommendations. In: BMC Research Notes. 2015 ; Vol. 8, No. 1.
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