Group-based lifestyle sessions for gestational weight gain management: A mixed method approach

Samantha M. Harden, Mark R. Beauchamp, Brian H. Pitts, Edith M. Nault, Brenda M. Davy, Wen You, Patrice Weiss, Paul A. Estabrooks

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Objective: To integrate group-based lifestyle sessions (GBLS) within prenatal care for gestational weight gain (GWG) management. Methods: In Study 1, participants attended GBLS during prenatal care visits. Participants in Study 2 attended off-site GBLS whereby care providers were asked to discuss the program with patients. Process and outcome evaluation were conducted through a mixed-methods approach. Results: In both pre-experimental feasibility studies, data provide preliminary support for GBLS (eg, positive care provider and patient feedback, weight gain patterns) as well as highlight areas for future research (eg, lack of GWG management discussions, preference for GBLS location). Conclusions: GBLS represents a promising approach to GWG management. Future research should assess the generalizability, sustainably, and compatibility of GBLS within prenatal care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-569
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Gestational weight gain
  • Group-based
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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