Objective. To evaluate the effect of a weight-gain restriction programme for obese pregnant women on sickness absence days and pregnancy benefit days during pregnancy and postpartum. Design. A prospective, controlled intervention study. The Swedish Social Security Agency's records were utilized to compile sickness absence and pregnancy benefit information. Setting. Antenatal care clinics in the south-east of Sweden. Subjects. One hundred fifty-five obese pregnant women who participated in a weight restriction program with weekly structured motivational and behavioural talks combined with aqua-aerobics during pregnancy. A total of 193 obese pregnant women with no intervention served as controls. Main outcome measures. Sickness absence benefits and pregnancy benefits expressed as a percentage. Results. On average women in the intervention group had 76.68 total full days of sickness absence benefit compared with 53.09days in the control group. Total full days of pregnancy benefits were 39.66% days and 41.41% for the intervention and control groups respectively. For the women who were on sick leave there were no differences between the groups in the amount of days taken. Conclusions. Given the complexity of factors that have an influence on sickness absence leave, it is possible that programmes that do not address the influence of social aspects and attitudes towards sickness absence have limited effect. © 2013 Informa Healthcare.
Sydsjö, G., Monfils, W. G., De Keyser, N., Claesson, I. M., Sydsjö, A., & Josefsson, A. (2013). Effects of a weight-gain restriction programme for obese pregnant women on sickness absence and pregnancy benefits. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, 31(2), 106–110. https://doi.org/10.3109/02813432.2012.754091