Journal Article


Fionnuala M McAuliffe
Lorraine Brennan
Breige McNulty
Clara Heneghan
Karen L Lindsay


Physiotherapy & Sport

observational study clinical practice intervention studies vitamin d pregnant women prospective study body mass index physical activity

Lifestyle and dietary habits of an obese pregnant cohort. (2014)

Abstract Obese pregnant women are the focus of numerous dietary and lifestyle intervention studies, however there is a paucity of literature examining the habitual dietary and lifestyle habits of this population. This paper aims to assess maternal dietary and lifestyle habits in an obese cohort, in order to identify priority areas to be addressed in future studies and in clinical practice. This prospective observational study recruited 100 pregnant women with a body mass index 30.0-39.9 kg/m(2) from routine antenatal clinics. Dietary intakes were assessed using a 3-day food diary and a structured lifestyle questionnaire assessed physical activity levels, smoking and alcohol habits and wellbeing. Macronutrient intakes as a percentage of total energy were not compliant to healthy eating guidelines with an inadequate intake of carbohydrate and excess intake of saturated fat. Compliance to recommended intakes of calcium, iron, folate and vitamin D was poor from diet alone. The consumption of energy dense food groups high in fat and sugar was greater than for published pregnant populations and the general female non-pregnant population. One-third of women reported engaging in weekly physical activity that would comply with recommendations for pregnant women while 25 % reported low mood status indicating potential depression. High intakes of energy-dense processed foods and poor compliance to micronutrient recommendations are critical dietary issues of concern among obese pregnant women. Low mood is a barrier to motivation for changing behaviour which would also need to be addressed in future lifestyle intervention studies.
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Fionnuala M McAuliffe, Lorraine Brennan, Breige McNulty, Clara Heneghan, Karen L Lindsay

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Fionnuala M McAuliffe
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 176
Lorraine Brennan
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 166
Breige A McNulty
University College Cork
Karen L Lindsay
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 19