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
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..View full abstract
This work was supported by a student grant to A. Raspovic provided by the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University and a Colin Dodds Postdoctoral Fellowship provided to L. Hart by Australian Rotary Health.