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Fam Pract. 2008 Dec;25 Suppl 1:i99-104. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmn077. Epub 2008 Oct 28.

Nutrition-related information-seeking behaviours of women trying to conceive and pregnant women: evidence for the life course perspective.

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Telematica Instituut, Interacting People, 7523 XC Enschede, The Netherlands. ellen.szwajcer@telin.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine whether preconception and pregnancy could be an occasion triggering women's interest, search and need for both general and pregnancy-specific nutrition-related information, in order to: (i) provide a greater understanding of the life course perspective (in this case on nutrition behaviours and pregnancy) and (ii) to contribute to the rationale of nutrition interventions aimed at women of child-bearing age.

METHODS:

Data were collected in a cross-sectional study with the aid of a face-to-face interview. The sample consisted of four groups each of about 100 Dutch nulliparous women each: women trying to conceive and women in the first, second or third trimester of their first pregnancy.

RESULTS:

Pregnant women were more interested in nutrition information than before preconception and before pregnancy, especially the first-trimester group. The frequency of search for nutrition information differed significantly between the groups: the first-trimester group searched for information most frequently. Women wanting to conceive and women in their third trimester of pregnancy found significantly more pregnancy-specific information topics than women in their first and second trimester of pregnancy. Women wanting to conceive had significantly higher needs for general and specific nutrition-related topics compared to pregnant women. Overall, the Internet, the midwife and books were the favourite information sources.

CONCLUSIONS:

The study provided indications that preconception and pregnancy are moments in life that lead to an increased interest, need and search for particularly pregnancy-specific nutrition-related information. This should be borne in mind when healthy nutrition promotion activities are being developed.

PMID:
18974061
DOI:
10.1093/fampra/cmn077
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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