An Antenatal Wish list: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of UK dietary advice for weight management and food borne illness

STOCKTON, Jessica and NIELD, Lucie (2020). An Antenatal Wish list: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of UK dietary advice for weight management and food borne illness. Midwifery, p. 102624.

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Objectives To understand UK women's experiences of antenatal dietary advice for risk of food borne illness and weight gain. Design A systematic review and thematic synthesis of peer-reviewed qualitative studies. PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL and PMC databases were searched for articles published from June 2008 to June 2018. The search strategy combined terms for pregnancy with terms for body composition, weight change, food safety, nutrition, diet and qualitative terminology. Studies were eligible for inclusion if (1) they explored experiences of implementing advice received during pregnancy for nutrition, physical activity and/or weight gain, and (2) participants were women who had experienced maternity care in the UK. Study quality was appraised using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) qualitative research appraisal tool. Findings Of 25,688 articles identified by the search strategy, 20 studies were identified that met the inclusion criteria. Five major themes were recognised: control, barriers to diet and exercise, motivators, relationship with weight, information, with a further 12 subthemes. The majority of studies reported on weight gain (n = 10). Key conclusions Evidence shows that UK antenatal dietary advice is currently inconsistent, vague and overwhelming despite pregnancy being an excellent time for lifestyle change. Women are primarily driven by the health of their baby and desire support to facilitate positive changes. Implications for practice Findings outline a wishlist which highlights a desire for tailored information on preventing weight gain, dietary requirements, safe physical activity and a deprioritisation of food safety guidelines. This provision should be delivered by HCP. e.g. Midwives, in a sensitive and supportive way to bridge the gap between women's needs and the current antenatal provision.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine; Nursing
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Page Range: p. 102624
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 16:08
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 17:16

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