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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 4856527, 16 pages
Research Article

Informing Nutrition Care in the Antenatal Period: Pregnant Women’s Experiences and Need for Support

1School of Health and Society, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
2School of Nursing, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
3School of Nursing and Midwifery, CQUniversity, North Rockhampton, QLD, Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to Khlood Bookari; ua.ude.liamwou@193bk

Received 3 April 2017; Accepted 19 June 2017; Published 14 August 2017

Academic Editor: Sabine Rohrmann

Copyright © 2017 Khlood Bookari et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study aimed to provide insights into Australian women’s experiences in gaining nutrition information during pregnancy. Individual semistructured telephone interviews were conducted with 17 pregnant (across all trimesters) and 9 postpartum women in five Australian states. Data were transcribed and analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Women valued nutrition information, actively sought it, and passively received it mainly from three sources: healthcare providers (HCPs), media, and their social networks. Women reported HCPs as highest for reliability but they had limited time and indifferent approaches. Various media were easily and most frequently accessed but were less reliable. Social networks were considered to be the least reliable and least accessed. Women reported becoming overwhelmed and confused. This in turn influenced their decisions (pragmatic/rational) and their eating behaviours (“overdo it,” “loosen it,” “ignore it,” and “positive response”). Individual and environmental barriers impacted their application of knowledge to dietary practice. Women wanted more constructive and interactive engagement with their HCPs. This study identified the need to establish and maintain mutually respectful environments where women feel able to raise issues with their HCPs throughout their pregnancies and where they are confident that the information they receive will be accurate and meet their needs.