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Table 3 Perceived barriers to leisure-time physical activity, numbers at six months (n = 470) and 12 months (n = 424) postpartum

From: How does a lifestyle intervention during pregnancy influence perceived barriers to leisure-time physical activity? The Norwegian fit for delivery study, a randomized controlled trial

Barriers Postpartum 6.1 ± 0.8 months   P- value Postpartum 12.1 ± 0.7 months   P-value
  n (%) % (95% CIa)   n (%) % (95% CIa)  
  Intervention (n = 213) Control (n = 231) Group difference   Intervention (n = 212) Control (n = 212) Group difference  
Intrapersonal
Health related
... problems with mobility 9 (3.8) 8 (3.5) 0.3 (−3.4 to 4.0) 1.0 3 (1.4) 5 (2.4) 0.9 (−2–0 to 4.1) 0.725
... afraid to get hurt/injured 1 (0.4) 1 (0.4) 0.0 (−1.9 to 2.0) 1.0 1 (0.5) 0 0.5 (−1.4 to 2.6) 1.0
... physical health/medical causes 7 (2.9) 9 (3.9) 0.9 (−2.5 to 4.6) 0.801 11 (5.2) 4 (1.9) 3.3 (−0.4 to 7.3) 0.114
... fear of urinary incontinence 6 (2.5) 4 (1.7) 0.9 (−2.0 to 4.1) 0.752 5 (0.5) 7 (3.3) 0.9 (−2.5 to 4.6) 0.772
...pelvic girdle pain 11 (4.6) 8 (3.4) 1.4 (−2.3 to 5.3) 0.642 11 (5.2) 9 (4.2) 0.9 (−3.3 to 5.3) 0.821
Not health related
... insufficient time 107 (44.8) 97 (42.0) 5.7 (−3.2 to 14.4) 0.390 107 (50.5) 103 (48.6) 1.9 (−7.6 to 11.3) 0.733
... negative experiences 3 (1.3) 3 (1.3) 0.0 (−2.5 to 2.6) 1.0 4 (1.9) 2 (0.9) 0.9 (−1.8 to 2.9) 0.686
... I do not believe I can do it 3 (1.3) 8 (3.5) 2.2 (−0.7 to 5.5) 0.222 5 (0.5) 5 (2.4) 0.0 (−3.3 to 3.3) 1.0
... I do not have the energy 66 (27.6) 61 (26.4) 3.1 (−5.0 to 11.0) 0.618 60 (28.3) 59 (27.8) 0.5 (−8.1 to 9.0) 0.919
... lack of interest 53 (22.2) 67 (29.0) 6.8 (−1.1 to 14.6) 0.154 63 (29.7) 68 (32.1) 2.4 (−6.4 to 11.1) 0.622
... I am afraid to go out 1 (0.4) 2 (0.9) 0.4 (−1.6 to 2.7) 1.0 1 (0.5) 2 (0.9) 0.5 (−1.8 to 2.9) 1.0
Interpersonal
... lack of exercise companion 19 (3.8) 20 (8.7) 0.7 (−4.4 to 5.9) 0.869 21 (9.9) 17 (8.0) 1.9 (−3.7 to 7.5) 0.503
Environmental
... transportation problems 9 (3.8) 4 (1.7) 2.2 (−0.9 to 5.7) 0.262 3 (1.4) 4 (1.9) 0.5 (−2.4 to 3.5) 1.0
... the scheduled time doesn’t fit me 18 (7.5) 16 (6.9) 1.1 (−3.7 to 6.0) 0.724 21 (9.9) 16 (7.5) 2.4 (−3.1 to 7.9) 0.396
... lack of exercise options 2 (0.8) 1 (0.4) 0.5 (−1.6 to 2.7) 1.0 3 (1.4) 2 (0.9) 0.5 (−2.1 to 3.2) 1.0
... lack of activities that interests me 13 (5.4) 4 (1.7) 4.0 (0.5 to 7.8) 0.005 6 (2.8) 3 (1.4) 1.4 (−1.7 to 4.8) 0.505
Policy ... I cannot afford it 13 (5.4) 21 (9.1) 3.7 (−1.1 to 8.6) 0.158 16 (7.5) 16 (7.5) 0.0 (−5.2 to 5.2) 1.0
Other reason 41 (17.2) 43 (18.6) 1.5 (−5.5 to 8.4) 0.814 45 (21.2) 42 (19.8) 1.4 (−6.3 to 9.1) 0.728
  1. aCI; Confidence Interval