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The feasibility of 'Mind the Bump': a mindfulness-based maternal behaviour change intervention

Hennelly, Sarah E.; Perman-Howe, Parvati; Foxcroft, David R.; Smith, Lesley A.


Sarah E. Hennelly

Parvati Perman-Howe

David R. Foxcroft

Lesley A. Smith


Background and purpose: Women's health behaviours during pregnancy can affect their children's lifetime outcomes. Inactivity, poor diet, alcohol, and smoking during pregnancy are linked to maternal stress and distress. Mindfulness-based interventions can improve health behaviours and mental health. The purpose of the study was to develop and evaluate the feasibility of a mindfulness-based maternal behaviour change intervention. Materials and methods: The eight-week 'Mind the Bump' intervention integrated mindfulness training with behaviour change techniques. It aimed to improve mindfulness, mental health, and adherence to UK maternal health behaviour guidance. Acceptability, practicability, effectiveness/cost-effectiveness, affordability, safety/side-effects, and equity were evaluated from baseline to post-course and follow-up. Results: Mindfulness, positive affect, and wellbeing improved. Stress, negative affect, depression, anxiety, and adherence to guidance did not improve. The intervention was practicable and safe, but the other implementability criteria were not satisfied. Conclusion: The intervention was not fully feasible; recommendations to address its limitations are discussed.


Hennelly, S. E., Perman-Howe, P., Foxcroft, D. R., & Smith, L. A. (2020). The feasibility of 'Mind the Bump': a mindfulness-based maternal behaviour change intervention. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 40,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 23, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 22, 2020
Publication Date 2020-08
Deposit Date Jul 9, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 23, 2021
Journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Print ISSN 1744-3881
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Article Number 101178
Keywords Behaviour change; Feasibility; Intervention; Maternal health; Mindfulness
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