Moving through Motherhood: Involving the Public in Research to Inform Physical Activity Promotion throughout Pregnancy and Beyond

Victoria E Salmon, Lauren R Rodgers, Peter Rouse, Oli Williams, Emma Cockcroft, Kate Boddy, Luana De Giorgio, Ciara Thomas, Charlie Foster, Rosie Davies, Kelly Morgan, Rachel Jarvie, Christina Weis, Richard M Pulsford

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Abstract

Information received by women regarding physical activity during and after pregnancy often lacks clarity and may be conflicting and confusing. Without clear, engaging, accessible guidance centred on the experiences of pregnancy and parenting, the benefits of physical activity can be lost. We describe a collaborative process to inform the design of evidence-based, user-centred physical activity resources which reflect diverse experiences of pregnancy and early parenthood. Two iterative, collaborative phases involving patient and public involvement (PPI) workshops, a scoping survey (n = 553) and stakeholder events engaged women and maternity, policy and physical activity stakeholders to inform pilot resource development. These activities shaped understanding of challenges experienced by maternity and physical activity service providers, pregnant women and new mothers in relation to supporting physical activity. Working collaboratively with women and stakeholders, we co-designed pilot resources and identified important considerations for future resource development. Outcomes and lessons learned from this process will inform further work to support physical activity during pregnancy and beyond, but also wider health research where such collaborative approaches are important. We hope that drawing on our experiences and sharing outcomes from this work provide useful information for researchers, healthcare professionals, policy makers and those involved in supporting physical activity behaviour
Original languageEnglish
Article number4482
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2021

Bibliographical note

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Acknowledgments: With thanks to the women and stakeholders, and the organisations they represented, who gave their time to take part in this project. Their experiences, ideas and commitment are central to this work and the research could not have been carried out without them. Thanks to Act with Love (www.actwithlove.co.uk; accessed on 21 January 2021) and Siân Altman, writer and film maker, for their contribution to the development of the pilot resources. KB and EC are supported by the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (NIHR PenARC). RD is supported by the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West). The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health and Social Care.

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by The GW4 Alliance, grant number GW4-IF11-020.

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Structured keywords

  • SPS Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences

Keywords

  • pregnancy
  • Postnatal
  • Post-partum
  • healthcare professionals
  • physical activity
  • policy
  • patient and public involvement
  • co-design

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