The Effect of Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling on Pregnant Women’s Weight Gain during Pregnancy: A Randomised Controlled Clinical TrialCorrespondence Address :
Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Esar Sqare, Dolatabad, Kermanshah, Iran.
Introduction: Weight gain during pregnancy has a close relationship with fetomaternal health. An increase in BMI is associated with the risk of premature rupture of membrane, placental abruption and stillbirth. Insufficient weight gain during pregnancy is also associated with small for gestational age, low birth weight and infant mortality, preterm labour, and fetal neural defects.
Aim: To determine the effect of cognitive-behavioural counselling on weight gain in pregnant women.
Materials and Methods: This randomised controlled clinical trial was performed in health centres of Sanandaj, Iran. Sixty-six pregnant women with gestational age of 20-24 weeks were selected and randomly assigned to intervention (n=33) and control (n=33) groups. The control group received routine care and the intervention group received 8-weekly sessions of 60 to 90 minutes counselling with a cognitive-behavioural approach in addition to routine pregnancy care. The weight of both groups was measured before, immediately and one month after the intervention using Seca Digital Scale. The collected data were analysed using repeated measures, Mann-Whitney U test and independent t-tests.
Results: There was no significant difference in mean weight of mothers between the intervention and control groups before the cognitive-behavioural intervention (p=0.824), immediately after (p=0.905) and one month after intervention (p=0.989).
Conclusion: Cognitive behavioural counselling did not affect the weight gain of mothers during pregnancy.
Gestational age, Intervention, Mothers
Mahnaz Farhodimoghadam, Sousan Heydarpour, Nader Salari, Nasrin Jaberghaderi. THE EFFECT OF COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOURAL COUNSELLING ON PREGNANT WOMEN’S WEIGHT GAIN DURING PREGNANCY: A RANDOMISED CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIAL. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2019 August [cited: 2019 Aug 20 ]; 13:QC05-QC09. Available from
Date of Submission: Aug 18, 2018
Date of Peer Review: Oct 03, 2018
Date of Acceptance: Jan 04, 2019
Date of Publishing: Aug 01, 2019
FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: As declared above.
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