Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Excessive gestational weight gain (EGWG), insufficient prenatal physical activity and sleep, and poor psychological wellbeing independently increase risks for adverse maternal and infant outcomes. A novel approach to mitigate these risks is utilizing peer support in a community-based prenatal intervention. This study assessed the feasibility (acceptability, demand, implementation, and practicality) of a remotely delivered prenatal physical activity intervention called My Baby, My Move + (MBMM +) that aims to increase prenatal physical activity, enhance mood and sleep hygiene, and reduce EGWG.
Participants were recruited through community organizations, local clinics, and social media platforms in the Fall of 2020 and Spring of 2021. Eligible pregnant women were randomized to either the MBMM + intervention or the control group. Each group met over Zoom for 16 sessions (twice weekly for 60 min over 8 weeks) to learn either behavioral change and wellbeing knowledge and skills (MBMM +) or knowledge and skills related to parenting (control group). Multiple methods of evaluation to better understand the feasibility of the intervention were conducted.
A total of 49 women (25 MBMM + intervention, 24 control) completed both pre- and post-survey assessments and were included in the analyses. A subsample of 19 (39%) intervention participants completed a combination of semi-structured interviews/surveys to assess acceptability, demand, implementation, and practicality. Participants expressed positive feedback regarding acceptability (satisfaction and intent to continue use) and were extremely likely or likely to recommend the program to a friend (demand). Implementation metrics were assessed by observation and feedback forms completed by peer leaders and demonstrated high-quality control. Findings suggest that the intervention was practical due to remote sessions and cost-effectiveness.
The MBMM + intervention was deemed to be a feasible intervention with high acceptability, demand, implementation, and practicality. These findings can be used to inform the scalability of the intervention and implementation of a larger efficacy trial.
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Original Publication Citation
Leiferman, J. A., Lacy, R., Walls, J., Farewell, C. V., Dinger, M. K., Downs, D. S., Farrabi, S. S., Huberty, J. L., & Paulson, J. F. (2023). My Baby, My Move+: Feasibility of a community prenatal wellbeing intervention. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 9(1), 1-14, Article 134. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-023-01368-1
Leiferman, Jenn A.; Lacy, Rachael; Walls, Jessica; Farewell, Charlotte V.; Dinger, Mary K.; Downs, Danielle Symons; Farrabi, Sarah S.; Huberty, Jennifer L.; and Paulson, James F., "My Baby, My Move+: Feasibility of a Community Prenatal Wellbeing Intervention" (2023). Psychology Faculty Publications. 156.