Let’s not Sugar-Coat it: Exploring Differences of Sugar Consumption Behaviours During Pregnancy Through Focused Ethnography

  • Author / Creator
    Graham, Jocelyn E.
  • Excessive sugar consumption may adversely affect maternal and fetal health. This study explored influences on women’s sugar consumption behaviours during pregnancy using focused ethnography. Fifteen pregnant women were interviewed and qualitative content analysis was used to inductively derive themes. Pregnant women increased their intake of sugars in an effort to achieve a compromise between meeting nutrition recommendations, lifestyle adjustments, physical symptoms, and cultural norms. Some women maintained their sugar intake compared to non-pregnancy as part of their dietary routine. Women who lowered their sugar intake had made a conscious decision and were motivated by personal and fetal health. Physical symptoms, lack of nutritional guidance, and social pressures were identified as barriers to achieving a diet low in sugars, while implementing dietary strategies guided by nutritional knowledge was a facilitator. This research provides important insights that may be used to design effective interventions to improve maternal health.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2012
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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