FitMum: Fitness for good health of mother and child
This project studies the process, rationales and implications of lifestyle interventions to promote physical activity during pregnancy. The project explores the sociomaterial and complex practices of creating lifestyle interventions on a population group rarely studied in clinical trials.
The project is a qualitative substudy of a randomized controlled trial on physical activity during pregnancy named FitMum at Hillerød Hospital, Denmark.
The project is a transdisciplinary study involving both biological, physiological and ethnological perspectives on physical activity during pregnancy.
The project has received funding from Trygfonden.
September 2018 - December 2021
Astrid Pernille Jespersen
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Following the pregnant women through and after the intervention with qualitative methods, these are the main research themes:
Pregnancy as window of opportunity
The Fitmum trial bases its efforts on the notion of pregnancy as a particularly promising period for implementing lifestyle changes. What are the implications of considering pregnancy such a window of opportunity for health and lifestyle changes? And what is important to take into account to assure robust and sustainable changes of health practices and habits?
Evidence and everyday lives
How is pregnancy and everyday lives managed and studied as part of the clinical production of evidence? And how does an intervention on physical activity interfere with everyday life and social relations outside the trial?
Health knowledges, practices and experiences
How is health knowledge acquired, negotiated and practiced by the participants during pregnancy, and how does the experience of participation affect the experience of pregnancy and practices of motherhood, health and everyday life?
An aspect of the project is focusing on the communication of health experiences and health knowledge.
The Science Theater is developing a production to tour the country, communicating the process and results of the project.
A RUC-based sub project explores performative and arts-based approaches for generating and communicating health knowledge, affiliated with Performance Design, and the research groups Visual Culture and Performance Design, and Experience Lab.
At least three peer reviewed articles on the subject will be submitted in 2020. These focus on:
- Pregnancy as a window of opportunity for lifestyle changes.
- How knowledge and authority is negotiated during the trial.
- How clinical trials are socio-material apparatus producing not just cold clinical facts but also care and trusting relationships as a part of the production of evidence-based knowledge.
In August we will present our papers at the international conference EASST/4S Prague 2020. In spring 2021 we will participate in the international DASTS conference Copenhagen.
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