Patterns of Exercise and Physical Activity in Pregnant Women
ACOG ePoster. Moore I.
Apr 27, 2018; 211530
Iris Moore
Iris Moore
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Introduction: In December 2015 ACOG released consensus guidelines recommending that pregnant women participate in a moderate intensity exercise for most or all days of the week. Despite the numerous health benefits, a significant percentage of women continue to avoid physical activity during their pregnancy. Deficiencies in knowledge about the risks and benefits may contribute to the decrease in exercise and overall physical inactivity.

Methods: Three hundred postpartum women were given a standardized questionnaire while at Hartford Hospital. The questionnaire gathered information on demographics, physical activity before and during pregnancy, and whether patients discussed exercise with their OB/GYN provider. Chi square tests were used to evaluate differences between those who exercised during pregnancy and those who didn't.

Results: 64% of patients discussed physical activity with their OB/GYN. Those who did, were more likely to consider exercise to be safe at least 2-3x/wk (75.8% (n=141) vs. 53.6% (n=53), p
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