Objectively assessed physical activity and sedentary behaviour during pregnancy in Portuguese women: Differences between weekdays and weekends

Michael J. Duncan, Lou Atkinson, S. Abreu, N. Montenegro, J. Mota, P. C. Santos

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Abstract

Background: Engaging in physical activity (PA) and reducing sedentary behaviour (SB) are important for health during pregnancy, yet relatively few studies have examined these variables using objective measures and across trimesters during pregnancy. Objective: To determine the amount of objectively assessed PA and SB engaged in whether there was any weekday to weekend day variation in PA and SB during the first and second trimester of pregnancy. Method: PA and SB were determined using accelerometry worn over 7 consecutive days during each trimester in 137 Portuguese females (mean age ± SD = 29.6 ± 5.7). . Results: In regard to the proportion of participants meeting the ACSM guidelines for PA, 37.5% of the participants in trimester one and 29.6% of participants in trimester two met the cut off of 30min or more of any type of moderate intensity activity on most (5) days of the week. Moderate intensity PA was significantly lower in trimester 2 compared to trimester 1 (P = 0.003). Moderate intensity PA was also significantly lower during weekends compared to weekdays irrespective of trimester (P = 0.003). SB, light and vigorous intensity PA were relatively stable from trimester 1 to trimester 2 and between weekdays and weekends (P
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Women`s Health Reviews
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Accelerometry
  • Guidelines
  • Maternal Health

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