Preferences for Postpartum Lifestyle Counseling Among Women Sharing an Increased Cardiovascular and Metabolic Risk: A Focus Group Study

Meeke Hoedjes*, Durk Berks, Ineke Vogel, Johannes J. Duvekot, Anke Oenema, Arie Franx, Eric A. P. Steegers, Hein Raat

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To describe women's preferences for postpartum lifestyle counseling after a pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and/or gestational diabetes.Thirty-six women who had experienced these pregnancy complications participated in six focus group interviews.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.Postpartum lifestyle counseling aimed at these women should be tailored to individual needs and preferences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-92
JournalHypertension in Pregnancy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Directive counseling
  • Focus groups
  • Lifestyle
  • Postpartum period

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