Findings highlighted the importance of communication with health professionals

Findings highlighted the importance of communication

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Findings highlighted the importance of communication with health professionals in relation to both prediction of macrosomia and decision making about delivery, and offers further understanding into the physical and emotional impact of having a macrosomic baby on women. CONCLUSIONS Findings from this study provide evidence that a more sedentary maternal lifestyle during the third trimester of pregnancy is associated with macrosomia and Further research is required in the form of intervention trials to clarify if increasing intensity of free living physical activity and reducing time spent in sedentary behaviour can prevent fetal macrosomia. This study has provided important insight into women’s experiences of macrosomia throughout the perinatal period and how they were influenced by previous birth experiences, professional relations and personal perceptions of macrosomia. Pregnant women at risk of having a macrosomic infant require extra support throughout the antenatal period continuing into the postnatal period, tailored to the woman’s information needs, perceived fears and anxiety, and with time allocated to discuss previous birth experiences and options for delivery. References Department Of Health And Social Services And Public Safety, Northern Ireland, 2006. Annual Report, [Homepage of DHSSPSNI], [Online]. Available:
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