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Weight-related SMS texts promoting appropriate pregnancy weight gain: a pilot study.

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Pollak, KI; Alexander, SC; Bennett, G; Lyna, P; Coffman, CJ; Bilheimer, A; Farrell, D; Bodner, ME; Swamy, GK; Østbye, T
Published in: Patient Educ Couns
November 2014

OBJECTIVES: Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) puts women and children at risk of obesity. We piloted an SMS-texting intervention to promote healthy GWG among overweight and obese women. METHODS: We recruited 35 women and randomized them in a 2:1 fashion to: a tailored SMS-texting intervention (Preg CHAT) vs. a generic texting intervention (Txt4baby). Preg CHAT texts provided personalized feedback based on women's intake of sweetened beverages, fruits and vegetables, fast food, daily steps taken, and weight. We abstracted women's weights from charts and surveyed women at baseline and 32 weeks gestation. RESULTS: Few women refused the study; many (30%) did not complete the study, however. Of those in the Preg CHAT arm, 86% responded to texts, and 80% said they would recommend this program to a friend. For women who completed the surveys (n=23), those in the Preg CHAT arm had a mean gain of 6 less pounds than women in the Txt4Baby arm (95% CI -15.9, 4.0; p=0.24). CONCLUSIONS: This pilot study shows feasibility, acceptability, and potential efficacy of a low-intensity and disseminable intervention to help overweight and obese women reduce GWG. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: An SMS texting program might help overweight women reduce excessive GWG.

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Patient Educ Couns

DOI

EISSN

1873-5134

Publication Date

November 2014

Volume

97

Issue

2

Start / End Page

256 / 260

Location

Ireland

Related Subject Headings

  • Weight Gain
  • Text Messaging
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Risk Factors
  • Public Health
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Pilot Projects
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Obesity
 

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Pollak, K. I., Alexander, S. C., Bennett, G., Lyna, P., Coffman, C. J., Bilheimer, A., … Østbye, T. (2014). Weight-related SMS texts promoting appropriate pregnancy weight gain: a pilot study. Patient Educ Couns, 97(2), 256–260. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2014.07.030
Pollak, Kathryn I., Stewart C. Alexander, Gary Bennett, Pauline Lyna, Cynthia J. Coffman, Alicia Bilheimer, David Farrell, Michael E. Bodner, Geeta K. Swamy, and Truls Østbye. “Weight-related SMS texts promoting appropriate pregnancy weight gain: a pilot study.Patient Educ Couns 97, no. 2 (November 2014): 256–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2014.07.030.
Pollak KI, Alexander SC, Bennett G, Lyna P, Coffman CJ, Bilheimer A, et al. Weight-related SMS texts promoting appropriate pregnancy weight gain: a pilot study. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Nov;97(2):256–60.
Pollak, Kathryn I., et al. “Weight-related SMS texts promoting appropriate pregnancy weight gain: a pilot study.Patient Educ Couns, vol. 97, no. 2, Nov. 2014, pp. 256–60. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.pec.2014.07.030.
Pollak KI, Alexander SC, Bennett G, Lyna P, Coffman CJ, Bilheimer A, Farrell D, Bodner ME, Swamy GK, Østbye T. Weight-related SMS texts promoting appropriate pregnancy weight gain: a pilot study. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Nov;97(2):256–260.
Journal cover image

Published In

Patient Educ Couns

DOI

EISSN

1873-5134

Publication Date

November 2014

Volume

97

Issue

2

Start / End Page

256 / 260

Location

Ireland

Related Subject Headings

  • Weight Gain
  • Text Messaging
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Risk Factors
  • Public Health
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Pilot Projects
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Obesity