Physical activity, health-related quality of life and depression during pregnancy | Atividade Física, Qualidade De Vida E Depressäo Durante A Gravidez

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Author list: Conde A
Publisher: Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
Publication year: 2011
Journal: Cadernos de Saúde Pública (0102-311X)
Volume number: 27
Issue number: 2
Start page: 219
End page: 228
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0102-311X
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB), Portuguese-Portugal (PT-PT)


This study examines physical activity patterns among women, from
pre-pregnancy to the second trimester of pregnancy, and the relationship
between physical activity status based on physical activity guidelines
and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and depression over
pregnancy. 56 healthy pregnant women self-reported physical activity,
HRQoL and depression at 10-15 and 19-24 weeks of pregnancy and physical
activity before pregnancy. Whereas vigorous leisure physical activity
decreased after conception, moderate leisure physical activity and work
related physical activity remained stable over time. The prevalence of
recommended physical activity was 39.3% and 12.5% in the 1st and 2nd
trimesters of pregnancy respectively, and 14.3% pre-pregnancy. From the
1st to the 2nd pregnancy trimester, most physical HRQoL dimensions
scores decreased and only mental component increased, independently of
physical activity status. No changes in mean depression scores were
observed. These data suggest that physical activity patterns change with
pregnancy and that physical and mental components are differentially
affected by pregnancy course, independently of physical activity status.


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