Health

Volume 6, Issue 18 (October 2014)

ISSN Print: 1949-4998   ISSN Online: 1949-5005

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“It’s a Wild Ride”: A Phenomenological Exploration of High Maternal, Gestational Weight Gain

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DOI: 10.4236/health.2014.618293    3,126 Downloads   3,704 Views  Citations
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High maternal, gestational weight gain is associated with high birthweight, large-for-gestational-age birthweights, cesarean delivery, child overweight, and short- and long-term postpartum weight retention. In this phenomenological study, the meaning and experiences of weight gain for pregnant women with high gestational weight gain were investigated. Data were collected through interviews with pregnant women from Atlantic Canada. van Manen’s method of phenomenology was utilized. The data analysis revealed four patterns or major themes: being caught off guard; losing your bearings; hanging on for dear life; and hoping for health. The participants experienced their gestational weight gain as an unexpected “wild ride” that they could not control. The findings highlight the need for health care professionals to provide pregnant women with more support concerning gestational weight gain.

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Murray, C. (2014) “It’s a Wild Ride”: A Phenomenological Exploration of High Maternal, Gestational Weight Gain. Health, 6, 2541-2552. doi: 10.4236/health.2014.618293.

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