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Purpose: To investigate the predictive power of age, parity, marital status, advice about overweight and obesity, and access to healthy food on gestational weight gain in overweight and obese pregnant women.
Design: Predictive research design.
Methods: The sample consisted of 150 overweight and obese postpartum mothers who had antenatal care and gave birth at Siriraj Hospital. Data were collected by using a demographic information questionnaire, the receiving advice about overweight and obesity questionnaire, and the access to healthy food questionnaire. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and logistic regression.
Main findings: Age, parity and advice about overweight and obesity could predict gestational weight gain of overweight and obese women with statistical significance (p < .05). It was found that overweight and obese women aged under 25 years were 2.84 times more likely to have excessive weight gain than those aged 25-34 years (OR = 2.84; 95%CI = 1.01, 7.95). In addition, overweight and obese nulliparous women were 2.78 times more likely to have excessive weight gain than those who used to give birth before (OR = 2.78; 95%CI = 1.30, 5.93) and overweight and obese women who did not receive advice about gestational weight gain or received incorrect information were 3.33 times more likely to have excessive weight gain than those who received the advice with correct information (OR = 3.33; 95%CI = 1.58, 7.01).
Conclusion and recommendations: Age, parity and advice about overweight and obesity were able to predict the gestational weight gain of overweight and obese women. In particular, receiving advice, particularly when healthcare providers offer correct advice and promote appropriate healthy food consumption during pregnancy.
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