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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2014;20(2):155-162.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2014.20.2.155    Published online June 30, 2014.
Factors Influencing Desired Postnatal Weight Loss in Women after Birth
Jung Hee Yeo, Nami Chun
1Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea.
2College of Nursing, Sungshin Women's University, Seoul, Korea. nmchun@sungshin.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to identify factors influencing desired postnatal weight loss in women after birth.
METHODS
With correlational survey design, 191women of the study participants completed questionnaires on their desired postnatal weight loss and related factors, and body and health concerns during their hospitalization after birth. Data were collected from February to May, 2011. Data were analyzed using t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficients, and multiple linear regression.
RESULTS
The women's gestational weight gain, pre-pregnant BMI, body concerns, expected time to reach the desired weight after birth and health concerns were identified as factors influencing desired postnatal weight loss in women after birth. The model explained 68% of the variance.
CONCLUSION
Results suggest that nurses in women's health care should consider women's gestational weight, pre-pregnant BMI and their body concerns, health concerns and expected time to reach the desired weight after birth when developing weight management program for women after birth.
Key Words: Postnatal; Weight loss; Body; Health


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