Journal article

Mothers' experiences of the relationship between body image and exercise, 0-5 years postpartum: A qualitative study

Anita M Raspovic, Ivanka Prichard, Zali Yager, Laura M Hart

Body Image | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

The relationship between body image and exercise in early motherhood is an important yet understudied determinant of mother and infant wellbeing. To address this, we report on a qualitative study of early mothers' lived experiences of the relationship between body image and exercise in the first five years post-birth. Twenty-one mothers (0-5 years postpartum) completed individual, semi-structured online/phone interviews (M interview time =47.25 min), to elicit narratives about peripartum body image and its relationship with exercise. Thematic analysis was conducted according to the Braun and Clarke framework. Three key themes, and several subthemes, were identified: 1.body image in early mot..

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