Pregnancy intention, receipt of pre-conception care, and pre-conception weight counseling reported by overweight and obese women in late pregnancy

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Department of Medicine, Division of Behavioral and Preventive Medicine; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center

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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Epidemiology | Maternal and Child Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Translational Medical Research | Women's Health


We surveyed overweight or obese women receiving prenatal care for a singleton pregnancy at a large academic medical center in 2010. During late pregnancy, women reported pregnancy intentionality and pre-conception weight counseling. Participants (N = 82) had a mean age of 29.7 (SD: 6.3) years, 61% were non-Hispanic white, 47% were nulliparous. Before pregnancy, 45% were overweight and 55% were obese. Forty-eight percent reported that the current pregnancy was planned. Of these women, 36% reported a pre-conception visit. Of these, 29% reported pre-conception weight counseling (5% of sample). Unrealized opportunities exist in the clinical setting for promoting weight management during the childbearing years.


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Sex Reprod Healthc. 2015 Jun;6(2):110-1. doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2015.01.006. Epub 2015 Feb 2. Link to article on publisher's site

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Sexual and reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives

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