Curbing excess gestational weight gain in primary care: using a point-of-care tool based on behavior change theory

Excess gestational weight gain (GWG) is a risk factor for several adverse outcomes for mothers and their offspring. The 5As of Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain is a tool that assists clinicians to have patient-centered discussions about GWG. This feasibility trial, co-led by Can-Change member Dr. Michael Vallis, examined the association between training in the use of this tool and women’s self-efficacy to manage GWG, readiness to adhere to GWG guidelines, perception of their clinicians’ patient-centeredness when discussing GWG, and guideline concordance of total GWG.