Background. Pregnancy is often described as an influential life stage for women, where regular contact with health professionals may play an important role in their health and lifestyle awareness. Aim. To explore the knowledge, practices and beliefs of health professionals and pregnant women regarding physical activity, nutrition and weight management during the antenatal period. Methods. A qualitative study was undertaken in south eastern Australia, of individual interviews with eligible participants. Recruitment sought women of gestation >12 weeks, experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy (n=6) and antenatal health professionals (n=5) including midwives (n=4) and an obstetrician (n=1). Data were analysed using interpretive phenomenological analysis. Results. Four major themes emerged: (1) Women rely on multiple sources of pregnancy-related health information; (2) Discussions around nutrition and exercise are low priority and often inconsistent; (3) Sensitive topics make some conversations difficult; (4) Barriers exist to behavioural change in pregnancy. Pregnant women expressed gaps in lifestyle-related knowledge...

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