Research participants for the current study were recruited on the basis of Body Mass Index (BMI) at booking and parity.
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The qualitative study described in this paper aimed to: (i) explore the views and experiences of overweight and obese pregnant women; and (ii) inform interventions which could promote the adoption of physical activity during pregnancy.
The study was framed by a combined Subtle Realism and Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) approach.
A wide range of barriers to physical activity during pregnancy were highlighted including both internal (physical and psychological) and external (work, family, time and environmental).
The study participants also lacked access to consistent information, advice and support on the benefits of physical activity during pregnancy.
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The sampling frame consisted of 65 women participating in a feasibility study of physical activity measurement methods.
Inclusion criteria for the previous study were: (i) any woman booking with a normal, singleton pregnancy, (ii) a measured body mass index (BMI) at booking (in the first trimester) greater than or equal to 25 kg/m (i.e.