My Baby, My Move: Examination of Perceived Barriers and Motivating Factors Related to Antenatal Physical Activity
Article first published online: 15 FEB 2011
© 2011 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 56, Issue 1, pages 33–40, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Leiferman, J., Swibas, T., Koiness, K., Marshall, J. A. and Dunn, A. L. (2011), My Baby, My Move: Examination of Perceived Barriers and Motivating Factors Related to Antenatal Physical Activity. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 56: 33–40. doi: 10.1111/j.1542-2011.2010.00004.x
- Issue published online: 15 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 15 FEB 2011
- physical activity;
Introduction: Based on a socioecological model, the present study examined multilevel barriers and facilitators related to physical activity engagement during pregnancy in women of low socioeconomic status.
Methods: Individual and paired interviews were conducted with 25 pregnant women (aged 18-46 years, 17-40 weeks’ gestation) to ask about motivational factors and to compare differences in activity level and parity. Atlas/Ti software was used to code verbatim interview transcripts by organizing codes into categories that reflect symbolic domains of meaning, relational patterns, and overarching themes.
Results: Perceived barriers and motivating factors differed between exercisers and nonexercisers at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and environmental levels.
Discussion: Future interventions should take into account key motivating multilevel factors and barriers to tailor more meaningful advice for pregnant women.