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Fili R, Nazmi S, Behmanesh F, Omrani A, Nikbakht H, Amiri Farahani L. Barriers to Physical Activity in Pregnant Women: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed Method Study (Study Protocol). JCCNC 2024; 10 (3)
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1- Student Research Committee, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.
2- Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Health Research Institute, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran. , f.behmanesh2015@gmail.com
3- Lecturer and Researcher in Health and Social Care and Public Health. Faculty of Education and Society, Department of Health and Social Care, University of Sunderland in London, London, United Kingdom.
4- Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Health Research Institute, Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.
5- Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center (NCRC), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (238 Views)
Background: Gaining insight into the obstacles that hinder women from engaging in physical activity during pregnancy is crucial for guiding future interventions aimed at enhancing physical activity levels throughout the gestational period.  The aim of this research is to identify barriers to physical activity among pregnant women using an explanatory sequential mixed-methods approach. The study protocol is explained in this article.
Methods: This research employs an explanatory sequential mixed-methods design. The project will be implemented in two separate phases. In the first phase, a quantitative cross-sectional study will be conducted with 358 eligible pregnant women aged 18-45 years in Babol, Iran. The collection of quantitative data will involve the use of the Barriers to Physical Activity during Pregnancy Scale (BPAPS) along with questionnaires gathering demographic and obstetric data.  The qualitative investigation will take place, employing individual semi-structured interviews utilizing a content analysis approach. Ultimately, the interpretation of quantitative findings will be informed by the incorporation of qualitative data.
Results: The results will be presented in alignment with the study objectives. Initially, the mean score of BPAPS and its subscales, along with the correlation between demographic and obstetric variables and the mean score of BPAPS will be reported. Subsequently, the qualitative phase will encompass the reporting of categories and the main themes. Finally, the interpretation of the quantitative phase findings will be detailed, incorporating insights gained from the qualitative phase.
Conclusion: Since regular physical activity during pregnancy has many benefits for maternal and fetal health, the findings of this study after its implementation can play a vital role in strategic planning to address women's false beliefs and misconceptions regarding physical activity during pregnancy. In addition, this study will contribute to designing interventions to remove barriers to physical activity, encouraging physical activity participation in pregnant women, hence improving the overall health and wellbeing of women  during pregnancy.
     
Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2023/09/3 | Accepted: 2024/01/23 | Published: 2024/05/21

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