Investigating the perceived benefits, barriers and beliefs towards physical activity in pregnancy among women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

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dc.contributor.author Flannery, Caragh
dc.contributor.author Byrne, M.
dc.contributor.author Kearney, Patricia M.
dc.contributor.author Dunne, F.
dc.contributor.author O'Riordan, M.
dc.contributor.author Walsh, J. C.
dc.contributor.author Hurst, C.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-27T09:04:06Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-27T09:04:06Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09
dc.identifier.citation Hurst, C., Flannery, C., Byrne, M., Kearney, P. M., Dunne, F., O'Riordan, M. and Walsh, J. C. (2017) 'Investigating the perceived benefits, barriers and beliefs towards physical activity in pregnancy among women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus', Irish Medical Journal, 110(8), 617 (10pp). doi:10147/622573 en
dc.identifier.volume 110 en
dc.identifier.issued 8 en
dc.identifier.issn 0332-3102
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5890
dc.identifier.doi 10147/622573
dc.description.abstract Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a growing concern and poses serious health risks to both mother and child1. The current study explores the psychological determinants of exercise behaviour in a sample of pregnant women with GDM. A cross-sectional survey design was employed to examine exercise behaviour, illness perceptions, perceived barriers and benefits, exercise beliefs, and exercise self-efficacy using validated questionnaires. A sample of 46 pregnant women was recruited from University College Hospital Galway, Letterkenny General Hospital, Cork University Hospital and Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar. Participant’s varied; age (22-44 years), body mass index (19-41). High mean scores for Personal Control (24.5) and Treatment Control (30.2) subscales indicated strongly held positive beliefs in relation to controllability of the illness. Total MET-min/week score was not related to any psychological variables. Analysis of the IPQ-R data revealed ‘diet’ (n=37, 80.4%) as the most referred to cause of diabetes. Exercise belief data identified “managing weight gain” (n= 21, 45.7%), and “losing baby weight” (n= 31, 67.4%) as the most frequent beliefs for engaging in physical activity during pregnancy and post pregnancy. Further research on the psychological determinants of physical activity behaviour among this population group is needed in order to create successful intervention strategies. en
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dc.publisher Irish Medical Association en
dc.relation.ispartof http://imj.ie/september-2017-vol-110-number-8/
dc.rights © 2017, Irish Medical Journal. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Pregnant women en
dc.subject Diabetes Mellitus en
dc.title Investigating the perceived benefits, barriers and beliefs towards physical activity in pregnancy among women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Patricia Kearney, Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: patricia.kearney@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-04-26T10:38:31Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Medical Journal en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress patricia.kearney@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 617


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