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Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2007;86(11):1290-6. Epub 2007 Sep 7.

Leisure time physical activity during pregnancy and impact on gestational diabetes mellitus, pre-eclampsia, preterm delivery and birth weight: a review.

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The Juliane Marie Centre, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

It has been questioned whether leisure time physical activity (LTPA) during pregnancy is beneficial or deleterious to pregnancy outcome, and whether a sedentary lifestyle during pregnancy has a negative impact on pregnancy. Answers to these questions are of general interest, since some young women are very physically active during leisure time, while others have a sedentary lifestyle.

METHOD:

In this review, we analysed the association between LTPA and the selected pregnancy outcomes, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), pre-eclampsia, preterm delivery, and birth weight.

RESULTS:

The prevailing literature clearly indicates that LTPA before and/or during pregnancy has a protective effect on the development of GDM and pre-eclampsia. Furthermore, LTPA does not seem to have a negative impact on the rate of preterm delivery or on birth weight.

CONCLUSION:

Thus, it seems relevant that health authorities recommend 30 min of daily physical activity to healthy pregnant women.

PMID:
17851805
DOI:
10.1080/00016340701647341
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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