Journal article

Protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a specialized health coaching intervention to prevent excessive gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention in women: the HIPP study

Helen Skouteris, Marita McCabe, Jeannette Milgrom, Bridie Kent, Lauren J Bruce, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Sharon J Herring, Malcolm Barnett, Denise Patterson, Glyn Teale, Janette Gale

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Pregnancy is a time of significant physiological and physical change for women. In particular, it is a time at which many women are at risk of gaining excessive weight. We describe the rationale and methods of the Health in Pregnancy and Post-birth (HIPP) Study, a study which aims primarily to determine the effectiveness of a specialized health coaching (HC) intervention during pregnancy, compared to education alone, in preventing excessive gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention 12 months post birth. A secondary aim of this study is to evaluate the mechanisms by which our HC intervention impacts on weight management both during pregnancy and post birth. METHODS/D..

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