Table 1

Characteristics of the 409 participating first-time mothers

Variables

n (%)


Age

≤ 24

175 (43)

25-29

139 (34)

≥ 30

95 (23)

Marital status

Married/de-facto partner

354 (87)

Never married

53 (13)

Employment status

Employed/paid and unpaid maternity leave

224 (55)

Unemployed

88 (22)

Home duties/Student/other

96 (23)

Education

Completed primary school to school certificate

86 (21)

HSC to TAFE certificate or diploma

229 (56)

University/tertiary

92 (23)

Country of birth

Australia

274 (67)

Other

134 (33)

Language spoken at home

English

364 (89)

Other

44 (11)

Household income

<$40,000

121 (29)

$40,000-$79,999

138 (34)

≥ $80,000

150 (37)

Weight status based on BMI (self-reported)

Underweight

28 (7)

Normal

214 (55)

Overweight

97 (25)

Obese

49 (13)

Food insecurity

Yes

21 (5)

No

388 (95)

Reported meeting recommended vegetable consumption (≥ 5 serves/day)

Yes

27 (7)

No

382 (93)

Reported meeting recommended fruit consumption (≥ 4 serves/day)

Yes

53 (13)

No

356 (87)


* HSC = Higher School Certificate, TAFE = Technical And Further Education

Wen et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010 7:13   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-7-13

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