Effects of recommended levels of physical activity on pregnancy outcomes

Melzer, Katarina; Schutz, Yves; Soehnchen, Nina; Othenin-Girard, Véronique; Martinez de Tejada, Begoña; Irion, Olivier; Boulvain, Michel; Kayser, Bengt (2010). Effects of recommended levels of physical activity on pregnancy outcomes American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 202(3), 266.e1-266.e6. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ajog.2009.10.876

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Objective: We sought to examine the relation between recommended levels of physical activity during pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes. Study design: We conducted an observational study with energy expenditure, aerobic fitness, and sleeping heart rate measured in 44 healthy women in late pregnancy. Medical records were examined for pregnancy outcome. Results: Active women, who engaged in > or = 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day, had significantly better fitness and lower sleeping heart rate compared to the inactive. Duration of second stage of labor was 88 and 146 minutes in the active vs inactive women, respectively (P = .05). Crude odds ratio of operative delivery in the inactive vs the active was 3.7 (95% confidence interval, 0.87-16.08). Birthweight, maternal weight gain, and parity adjusted odds ratio was 7.6 (95% confidence interval, 1.23-45.8). Neonatal condition and other obstetric outcomes were similar between groups. Conclusion: Active women have better aerobic fitness as compared to inactive women. The risk for operative delivery is lower in active women compared to inactive, when controlled for birthweight, maternal weight gain, and parity. Further studies with larger sample size are required to confirm the association between physical activity and pregnancy outcomes.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Leistungssport

Name:

Melzer, Katarina;
Schutz, Yves;
Soehnchen, Nina;
Othenin-Girard, Véronique;
Martinez de Tejada, Begoña;
Irion, Olivier;
Boulvain, Michel and
Kayser, Bengt

ISSN:

0002-9378 (Print) 1097-6868 (Online)

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

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Date Deposited:

22 Mar 2021 09:25

Last Modified:

01 Oct 2021 02:18

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ajog.2009.10.876

PubMed ID:

20022583

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Delivery Labor Physical activity Pregnancy outcome

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.11164

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/11164

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