Vigorous exercise and birth outcomes in a sample of recreational exercisers : a prospective study across pregnancy

Duncombe, Dianne, Skouteris, Helen, Wertheim, Eleanor H., Kelly, Leanne, Fraser, Virginia and Paxton, Susan J. 2006, Vigorous exercise and birth outcomes in a sample of recreational exercisers : a prospective study across pregnancy, The Australian and New Zealand journal of obstetrics and gynecology, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 288-292.

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Title Vigorous exercise and birth outcomes in a sample of recreational exercisers : a prospective study across pregnancy
Author(s) Duncombe, Dianne
Skouteris, Helen
Wertheim, Eleanor H.
Kelly, Leanne
Fraser, Virginia
Paxton, Susan J.
Journal name The Australian and New Zealand journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume number 46
Issue number 4
Start page 288
End page 292
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0004-8666
1479-828X
Summary Objective: This study examined the question of whether vigorous exercise undertaken by recreational exercisers across pregnancy, defined in two ways, were associated with reduced infant birthweight and gestational age at birth.

Methods: A prospective approach was implemented. A total of 148 pregnant women participated. Average intensity duration and frequency of vigorous exercise reported were examined and compared with two existing definitions of vigorous exercise. Participants completed questionnaires (including retrospective reports on 3 months prepregnancy) and an exercise diary at 16–23 weeks pregnancy, 24–31 weeks pregnancy and 32–38 weeks pregnancy, and at 7 to 14 days post-partum a birth outcomes questionnaire was completed.

Results: There were no significant differences between exercise groups for birthweight and gestational age at birth.

Conclusions: There was no evidence that the intensity duration and frequency of vigorous exercise were associated with significant reductions in mean birth outcomes for the infants of women who participated in the study. Replication in a large, more diverse sample is recommended.
Language eng
Field of Research 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024806

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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