Lifestyle Intervention Trials During Pregnancy
Barbara Abrams, DrPH, RD, University of California, Berkeley, Division of Epidemiology, USA
SummayRead Full Summary (PDF 429 KB)
Understanding the physical, psychological, social, cultural, and financial barriers that women face in addressing weight control during pregnancy and designing appropriate responses to women's experiences and concerns will improve future behavioral interventions for pregnant women. A variety of intervention strategies, including counseling and education about weight gain, healthy eating, physical activity, and monitoring of weight gain are utilized to improve maternal dietary intake and physical activity. Dr Abrams discusses the results of the Fit for Delivery Study and other behavioral intervention trials, which suggest that it is possible to moderate gestational weight gain through methods that are implemented in the clinical setting.