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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2012 Mar;41(2):227-235. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01340.x.

Physical activity and depression symptoms among pregnant women from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006.

Author information

1
Department of Exercise Science, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY.. Electronic address: ploprinzi@bellarmine.edu.
2
Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY.
3
Program in Exercise and Sport Science, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the association between objectively measured physical activity and depression symptoms among a nationally representative sample of pregnant women to provide a more accurate understanding of the relationship between physical activity and depression symptoms.

DESIGN:

We employed a cross-sectional study design.

SETTING:

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006 were used for this study.

METHODS:

One-hundred and forty-one pregnant women wore an ActiGraph accelerometer for 7 days and completed the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 to assess depression status.

RESULTS:

More than 19% of the participants experienced some depression symptoms, and compared to their counterparts not having depression symptoms, they were less physically active.

CONCLUSION:

An inverse association was found between physical activity and depression symptoms among pregnant women. When feasible, nurses are encouraged to help facilitate physical activity among pregnant women, assuming an uncomplicated pregnancy.

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