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MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2008 Nov-Dec;33(6):364-70. doi: 10.1097/01.NMC.0000341257.26169.30.

New mothers' views of weight and exercise.

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  • 1University of Rochester, School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, USA. Susan_groth@urmc.rochester.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe the attitudes and preferences of ethnically diverse new mothers on weight and exercise.

STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS:

Exploratory, qualitative study. Forty-nine ethnically diverse women were interviewed during the first year following childbirth regarding beliefs about weight, choices of exercise, walking for exercise, perceived benefits, barriers, and facilitators of exercise. Content analysis techniques were used to analyze the data.

RESULTS:

Weight was a significant concern for women, although the importance varied by race. New mothers reported that they would like to weigh less, and they endorsed walking for exercise. Common barriers to exercise were children and time constraints; health problems were also seen as a barrier to walking as a form of exercise. Scheduling the walk and having a walking partner were factors that women said would facilitate walking for physical activity during the first year after childbirth.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Because new mothers perceive walking as a good form of exercise, nurses can use this information to help them plan a daily walking schedule to aid in weight loss and control postpartum. Nurses should also encourage new mothers to look for a walking partner, especially another new mother or a friend, to help them continue their physical activity during the first year after childbirth.

PMID:
18997572
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PMCID:
PMC2712877
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