Preferences for postpartum lifestyle counseling among women sharing an increased cardiovascular and metabolic risk: a focus group study

Hypertens Pregnancy. 2011;30(1):83-92. doi: 10.3109/10641955.2010.486459. Epub 2010 Sep 6.


Objective: To describe women's preferences for postpartum lifestyle counseling after a pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and/or gestational diabetes.

Methods: Thirty-six women who had experienced these pregnancy complications participated in six focus group interviews.

Results: All women expressed a need for participation in postpartum lifestyle counseling. They preferred participation to be tailored to individual preferences. A combination of face-to-face counseling supported by computer-tailored lifestyle advice appealed to them.

Conclusion: Postpartum lifestyle counseling aimed at these women should be tailored to individual needs and preferences.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Counseling*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Postnatal Care*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular*