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More active mums in Stirling (MAMMiS) : a physical activity intervention for postnatal women. Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Gilinsky, Alyssa S. and Hughes, Adrienne R. and McInnes, Rhona J. (2012) More active mums in Stirling (MAMMiS) : a physical activity intervention for postnatal women. Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13. ISSN 1745-6215

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    Abstract

    Many postnatal women are insufficiently physically active in the year after childbirth and could benefit from interventions to increase activity levels. However, there is limited information about the efficacy, feasibility and acceptability of motivational and behavioral interventions promoting postnatal physical activity in the UK. The MAMMiS study is a randomized, controlled trial, conducted within a large National Health Service (NHS) region in Scotland. Up to 76 postnatal women will be recruited to test the impact of two physical activity consultations and a 10-week group pram-walking program on physical activity behavior change. The intervention uses evidence-based motivational and behavioral techniques and will be systematically evaluated using objective measures (accelerometers) at three months, with a maintenance measure taken at a six-month follow-up. Secondary health and well-being measures and psychological mediators of physical activity change are included. The (MAMMiS study will provide a test of a theoretical and evidence-based physical activity behavior change intervention for postnatal women and provide information to inform future intervention development and testing within this population.