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Vigorous exercise and birth outcomes in a sample of recreational exercisers: a prospective study across pregnancy.
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PMID:  16866788     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Dianne Duncombe; Helen Skouteris; Eleanor H Wertheim; Leanne Kelly; Virginia Fraser; Susan J Paxton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0004-8666     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-26     Completed Date:  2006-11-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0001027     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  288-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Postpartum Period / physiology
Pregnancy / physiology*
Pregnancy Outcome
Pregnancy Trimesters / physiology
Prospective Studies

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