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Dietary habits and nutritional supplementation from the perspective of pregnant teens and their healthcare providers: an explorative study

Literature review and evidence from the ATE study (Baker et al 2009) suggested that young mothers often have poor diets and are less likely to take vitamin supplements during pregnancy, although they have greater nutritional needs than older women.

Research question

What are the issues that affect supplement intake in pregnant teenagers?

Objectives

  • to explore current knowledge and habits of pregnant teens in relation diet during pregnancy
  • to explore awareness of and compliance with supplementation during pregnancy
  • to identify information and support mechanisms available during pregnancy (in relation to diet/supplementation)
  • to explore potential mechanisms to support behaviour change in relation to supplementation during pregnancy

Study Design

  1. through consultation with service users and our expert steering group, we have developed interview schedules and visual prompts
  2. semi-structured interviews with 35 young mothers (16-19yrs), 10 Midwives, 6 FNP practitioners and 4 obstetricians, regarding information sources, supplement use and any changes to diet during pregnancy
  3. data collected was used to develop an online survey for young women about information and supplements in pregnancy
  4. data was also used to develop an online survey for health professionals
  5. survey results have been analysed and compared to the interview data, with plans for the next stage of the project under way

Presentations

Presentation at Maternal and Infant Health Research Group-MIHRG 5th February, 2014 (AD, RR)

Presentation at Nutrition and Health Seminar, 11th March 2013 (RR, AD)

Rundle R, Duxbury AMS, Soltani H. Dietary habits and nutritional supplementation from the perspective of pregnant teens and their health care providers: an exploratory study International Confederation of Midwives 30th Triennial Congress, Prague 1-5th June 2014

Project team

Alexandra Duxbury - Researcher, Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), MMedSci Human Nutrition, BSc Hons Psychology

Professor Hora Soltani - Professor of Maternal and Infant Health PhD, MMedSci, BSc, RM, PG Dip in Health Education, PG Cert in Health Service Research

Client

Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South Yorkshire

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