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Does Physical Exercise Help Maintain Mental Health During Pregnancy? A Comparison of Changes in Mental Health in Participants of Physical Exercise Classes and Childbirth Classes.
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PMID:  24732977     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: This study aims to compare the changes in the negative indices of mental health in pregnant women who participated in programs of either physical exercise classes or in childbirth classes.
METHODS: The study was quasi-experimental in nature and run on 109 healthy primigravidae aged from 22 to 37, including 62 women participating in an exercise program (exercise group - E-group) for pregnant women and 47 women attending traditional childbirth classes (childbirth classes group - CC-group). The mental health assessment was performed using Goldberg's General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28).
RESULTS: The negative indices of mental health did not change over time. Lower levels of somatic symptoms and severe depression, as well as total score were observed in E-group (condition effect). Time x condition interactions, as well as analysis of change within the groups, indicated that in CC-group all indices of disorders increased significantly, whereas in E-group, only the increase of depression was significant.
CONCLUSIONS: Regular physical exercises during pregnancy may constitute a factor in the prophylaxis of mental health disorders in pregnant women.
Monika Guszkowska; Marta Langwald; Katarzyna Sempolska
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physical activity & health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1543-5474     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Act Health     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-4-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189457     Medline TA:  J Phys Act Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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