This enabled us to examine the hypothetical pathway between beliefs and physical activity intentions within the context of day to day life.The study sample for the qualitative study was chosen by stratified, purposive sampling from a previous study of physical activity measurements in pregnancy.Are the methods of the research appropriate to the nature of the question(s) being asked, i.e.
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.
Pregnancy is a unique and critical period in the life course for women and, consequently, they may be more receptive to behaviour change interventions .
There is a dearth of information regarding women's attitudes to physical activity in pregnancy.
Using a combined TPB and Subtle Realism approach it was possible to examine women's views and experiences within the context of their day to day concerns and priorities.
Ethical approval was given by the Durham and Tees Valley 2 Rec (Ref:07/H0908/53), and written informed consent was obtained from the study participants.The unit(s) of research may include one or a combination of people, events, institutions, samples of natural behaviour, conversations, written and visual material, etc.Any ethical concerns that arose during the research should be discussed.Research participants for the current study were recruited on the basis of Body Mass Index (BMI) at booking and parity.Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 14 overweight and obese pregnant women.Midwives should be encouraged to do more to promote activity in pregnancy.].In light of this, pregnancy is emerging as a priority area for interventions which aim to address the obesity epidemic.Interventions to encourage recommended levels of physical activity in pregnancy should be accompanied by accessible and consistent information about the positive effects for mother and baby.More research is required to examine how to overcome barriers to physical activity and to understand which interventions could be most effective for overweight/obese pregnant women.A commonly cited motivator for maintaining physical activity during pregnancy is an aid to reducing pregnancy-related weight gain.However, participants often described how they would wait until the postnatal period to try and lose weight.