Validation of the Intuitive Eating Scale in pregnancy

J Health Psychol. 2018 Apr;23(5):701-709. doi: 10.1177/1359105316671186. Epub 2016 Oct 9.


The objective of this study was to examine the content validity and test-retest reliability of the Intuitive Eating Scale among pregnant women. A qualitative think-aloud study of the Intuitive Eating Scale analysed the content validity. Overall, the Intuitive Eating Scale made sense to pregnant women, but food safety affected the interpretation of some items. A version with instructions modified accounting for food safety, the Intuitive Eating Scale-Pregnancy, was subsequently shown to have stable scores over 5 weeks during the second trimester, mean change = -0.08 (95% limits of agreement: -0.61 to 0.45), r = 0.79, n = 240. The Intuitive Eating Scale-Pregnancy was acceptable for use in this New Zealand pregnant population.

Keywords: eating behaviour; gestational weight gain; intuitive eating; pregnancy; validation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Food Safety
  • Humans
  • Intuition*
  • New Zealand
  • Pregnancy / psychology*
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Second
  • Psychometrics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Young Adult