Laying the foundation for Pregnancy Physical Activity Profiling: a framework for providing tailored physical activity advice and guidance to pregnant women
DeVivo, M. and Mills, H. 2021. Laying the foundation for Pregnancy Physical Activity Profiling: a framework for providing tailored physical activity advice and guidance to pregnant women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
|Authors||DeVivo, M. and Mills, H.|
The aim of this study was to examine the predictive utility of the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) in explaining pregnant women’s physical activity (PA) intentions and behaviour and to scrutinise the role of past behaviour within this context. Pregnant women (n = 89) completed the Pregnancy Physical Activity Questionnaire (PPAQ) and newly developed TPB questionnaire on two separate occasions during their pregnancy. Analyses were carried out in relation to three scenarios. Firstly, when considering the original TPB, intention emerged as the strongest determinant of pregnant women’s PA behaviour. Secondly, controlling for past behaviour attenuated the influence of intention and Perceived Behavioural Control on behaviour with neither of the original variables providing a unique influence. Finally, the addition of past behaviour added significantly to the prediction of intention with the model as a whole explaining 85% of the variance in pregnant women’s PA intention, and with past behaviour uniquely contributing 44.8% of the variance. Pregnancy Physical Activity Profiling based on intention and behaviour status is subsequently introduced as a novel and practical framework. This provides healthcare professionals with the opportunity and structure to provide tailored advice and guidance to pregnant women thereby facilitating engagement with PA throughout motherhood.
|Keywords||Physical activity; Exercise; Pregnancy; Theory of planned behaviour; Intention; Behaviour; Past behaviour; Profiling|
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||24 May 2021|
|Deposited||27 May 2021|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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|Output status||In press|
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