Correlates of leisure-time physical activity during transitions to motherhood

Women Health. Jan-Feb 2009;49(1):66-83. doi: 10.1080/03630240802690853.


Despite growing evidence for an inverse relationship of motherhood and physical activity, studies of the possible correlates for behavior change are scant. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the change in leisure-time physical activity behaviors of 139 urban women during the transition to motherhood in retrospective analysis and evaluate their physical activity changes using the theory of planned behavior during motherhood. Perceptions of control based on time, fatigue, social support, and childcare were the critical correlates that distinguished between those who continued with physical activity and those who declined. These results provide evidence for targeted PA interventions during the transition to motherhood.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • British Columbia
  • Child Care / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Leisure Activities / psychology*
  • Life Style*
  • Self Efficacy
  • Social Support
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data
  • Women's Health