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Provider Advice about Pregnancy Weight Gain and Adequacy of Weight Gain

Citation

Ferrari, Renée M. & Siega-Riz, Anna Maria (2013). Provider Advice about Pregnancy Weight Gain and Adequacy of Weight Gain. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 17(2), 256-264. PMCID: PMC4073887

Abstract

To explore the association between health care provider advice about weight gain and gestational weight gain. Using data from a prospective cohort study, we explored the association between provider advice about weight gain in pregnancy with weight gain adequacy among 1,454 pregnant women. Provider advice was measured by maternal self-report at 27–30 weeks’ gestation. Linear and Poisson regression were used to explore associations. Seventy-eight percent of the women gained outside current recommendations. Fifty-one percent reported receiving weight gain advice from a health care provider. Adjusted Generalized Linear Model (GLM) estimates showed weak effect of provider advice on inadequate or excessive gain (Relative Risk (RR) 0.96, 95% CI 0.74, 1.26 for inadequate gain and RR 1.01, 95% CI 0.97, 1.06 for excessive gain). There is a need for more women to hear about their targeted weight gains during pregnancy and the present advice that exists does little to influence actual gains. Further studies are warranted to find better strategies for providers to motivate their patients to gain weight within the appropriate ranges.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10995-012-0969-z

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2013

Journal Title

Maternal and Child Health Journal

Author(s)

Ferrari, Renée M.
Siega-Riz, Anna Maria

PMCID

PMC4073887