Enablers and barriers to physical activity in overweight and obese pregnant women: an analysis informed by the theoretical domains framework and COM-B model

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Flannery, Caragh
dc.contributor.author McHugh, Sheena M.
dc.contributor.author Anaba, Ann Ebere
dc.contributor.author Clifford, Emma L.
dc.contributor.author O'Riordan, Mairead N.
dc.contributor.author Kenny, Louise C.
dc.contributor.author McAuliffe, F. M.
dc.contributor.author Kearney, Patricia M.
dc.contributor.author Byrne, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-20T15:53:44Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-20T15:53:44Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Flannery, C., McHugh, S., Anaba, A. E., Clifford, E., O’Riordan, M., Kenny, L. C., McAuliffe, F. M., Kearney, P. M. and Byrne, M. (2018) 'Enablers and barriers to physical activity in overweight and obese pregnant women: an analysis informed by the theoretical domains framework and COM-B model', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18(1), 178 (13pp). doi: 10.1186/s12884-018-1816-z en
dc.identifier.volume 18
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 13
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2393
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6841
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12884-018-1816-z
dc.description.abstract Background: Obesity during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and other complications. Physical activity is a modifiable lifestyle factor that may help to prevent these complications but many women reduce their physical activity levels during pregnancy. Interventions targeting physical activity in pregnancy are on-going but few identify the underlying behaviour change mechanisms by which the intervention is expected to work. To enhance intervention effectiveness, recent tools in behavioural science such as the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) and COM-B model (capability, opportunity, motivation and behaviour) have been employed to understand behaviours for intervention development. Using these behaviour change methods, this study aimed to identify the enablers and barriers to physical activity in overweight and obese pregnant women. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of overweight and obese women at different stages of pregnancy attending a public antenatal clinic in a large academic maternity hospital in Cork, Ireland. Interviews were recorded and transcribed into NVivo V.10 software. Data analysis followed the framework approach, drawing on the TDF and the COM-B model. Results: Twenty one themes were identified and these mapped directly on to the COM-B model of behaviour change and ten of the TDF domains. Having the social opportunity to engage in physical activity was identified as an enabler; pregnant women suggested being active was easier when supported by their partners. Knowledge was a commonly reported barrier with women lacking information on safe activities during pregnancy and describing the information received from their midwife as 'limited'. Having the physical capability and physical opportunity to carry out physical activity were also identified as barriers; experiencing pain, a lack of time, having other children, and working prevented women from being active. Conclusion: A wide range of barriers and enablers were identified which influenced women's capability, motivation and opportunity to engage in physical activity with "knowledge" as the most commonly reported barrier. This study is a theoretical starting point in making a 'behavioural diagnoses' and the results will be used to inform the development of an intervention to increase physical activity levels among overweight and obese pregnant women. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher BioMed Central en
dc.relation.uri https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-018-1816-z
dc.rights © 2018, the Author(s). Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject Overweight en
dc.subject Obesity en
dc.subject Pregnant women en
dc.subject Maternal health en
dc.subject Physical activity en
dc.subject Theoretical domains framework en
dc.subject COM-B model en
dc.subject Behaviour change wheel en
dc.title Enablers and barriers to physical activity in overweight and obese pregnant women: an analysis informed by the theoretical domains framework and COM-B model en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Caragh Flannery, Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: cflannery@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress cflannery@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 178


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

© 2018, the Author(s). Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated. Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as © 2018, the Author(s). Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
This website uses cookies. By using this website, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with the UCC Privacy and Cookies Statement. For more information about cookies and how you can disable them, visit our Privacy and Cookies statement