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Journal of Pregnancy
Volume 2016, Article ID 4183648, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4183648
Research Article

The Effect of the More Active MuMs in Stirling Trial on Body Composition and Psychological Well-Being among Postnatal Women

1School of Health Sciences & Sport, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
2School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH11 4BN, UK
3School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1QE, UK
4Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9DX, UK

Received 20 March 2016; Revised 5 July 2016; Accepted 14 July 2016

Academic Editor: Jeffrey Keelan

Copyright © 2016 Alyssa S. Lee 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.

Abstract

Introduction. Physical activity is important for health and well-being; however, rates of postnatal physical activity can be low. This paper reports the secondary outcomes of a trial aimed at increasing physical activity among postnatal women. Methods. More Active MuMs in Stirling (MAMMiS) was a randomised controlled trial testing the effect of physical activity consultation and pram walking group intervention among inactive postnatal women. Data were collected on postnatal weight, body composition, general well-being, and fatigue. Participants were also interviewed regarding motivations and perceived benefits of participating in the trial. Results. There was no significant effect of the intervention on any weight/body composition outcome or on general well-being at three or six months of follow-up. There was a significant but inconsistent difference in fatigue between groups. Qualitative data highlighted a number of perceived benefits to weight, body composition, and particularly well-being (including improved fatigue) which were not borne out by objective data. Discussion. The MAMMiS study found no impact of the physical activity intervention on body composition and psychological well-being and indicates that further research is required to identify successful approaches to increase physical activity and improve health and well-being among postnatal women.