Development and design of an intervention to improve physical activity in pregnant women using Text4baby

Jennifer Huberty, Lacey Rowedder, Eric Hekler, Marc Adams, Emily Hanigan, Darya McClain, Mary Balluff, Matt Buman, Jessica Bushar

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Text4baby is a free, mobile health information service for pregnant and post-partum women. This study aims to understand preferences of physical activity text messages (SMS), sequentially develop prototype SMS, and determine preferred dose of SMS to inform a future study utilizing Text4baby. This study had a user-centered design with three phases: (1) literature review and interviews with pregnant women for development of prototype SMS, (2) interviews with health care professionals and pregnant women for prototype SMS feedback, and (3) survey to determine preferred dose of SMS. Data from interviews identified knowledge and support as major themes. Prototypes were developed (N = 14) and informed 168 SMS. Pregnant women (N = 326) thought three SMS/week were about right (50.2 %) and preferred three SMS/week throughout pregnancy (71.9 %). There is a need for opportunities for behavioral scientists to incorporate evidence-based practices within scalable interventions. As such, this research will inform utilization of Text4baby to potentially improve physical activity participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-294
Number of pages10
JournalTranslational Behavioral Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Mobile health
  • Pregnancy
  • SMS
  • Technology
  • Text messaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Applied Psychology


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