Moving Through Motherhood
This community previously received Initiator Funding for the project: Moving Through Motherhood
Awarded: July 2020
GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Dr Peter Rouse
University of Bristol: Dr Charlie Foster
Cardiff University: Dr Kelly Morgann
University of Exeter: Dr Richard Pulsford (PI), Dr Victoria Salmon, Dr Lauren Rogers, Dr Emma Cockroft
The GW4 Moving Through Motherhood Community comprises researchers from different disciplines with a shared interest in supporting physical activity during pregnancy by establishing a regional multidiscipline and multisector network to steer research and resource development.
Pregnancy is a unique life stage where lifestyle behaviours including how physically active expectant mothers are can significantly impact the health of mother and baby. However, physical activity (PA) amongst expectant mothers is disproportionately low; fewer than 11% are sufficiently active.
Findings from Phase 1 of the GW4 funded Moving Through Motherhood (MTM) project suggest that 1) diverse experiences of pregnancy make PA challenging, 2) expectant mothers experience stigma and judgement when trying to be physically active, and 3) there is an absence of clear accessible guidance regarding PA during pregnancy, and 4) that these issues are very evident in the South West region. The recent UK National Maternity review envisions effective healthcare support during pregnancy based on individual needs and circumstances, while WHO recognises addressing health inequalities and rising physical inactivity as global health priorities. These significant complex public health challenges can only be addressed through multidisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration.