The role of physical activity in preconception, pregnancy and postpartum health

Harrison, Cheryce L., Brown, Wendy J., Hayman, Melanie, Moran, Lisa J. and Redman, Leanne M. (2016) The role of physical activity in preconception, pregnancy and postpartum health. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, 34 2: e28-e37. doi:10.1055/s-0036-1583530

Author Harrison, Cheryce L.
Brown, Wendy J.
Hayman, Melanie
Moran, Lisa J.
Redman, Leanne M.
Title The role of physical activity in preconception, pregnancy and postpartum health
Journal name Seminars in Reproductive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1526-4564
Publication date 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1055/s-0036-1583530
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page e28
End page e37
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Thieme Medical Publishers
Collection year 2017
Formatted abstract
The rise in obesity and associated morbidity is currently one of our greatest public health challenges. Women represent a high risk group for weight gain with associated metabolic, cardiovascular, reproductive and psychological health impacts. Regular physical activity is fundamental for health and well-being with protective benefits across the spectrum of women's health. Preconception, pregnancy and the early postpartum period represent opportune windows to engage women in regular physical activity to optimize health and prevent weight gain with added potential to transfer behavior change more broadly to children and families. This review summarizes the current evidence for the role of physical activity for women in relation to preconception (infertility, assisted reproductive therapy, polycystic ovary syndrome, weight gain prevention and psychological well-being) pregnancy (prevention of excess gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia as well as labor and neonatal outcomes) and postpartum (lactation and breastfeeding, postpartum weight retention and depression) health. Beneficial outcomes validate the importance of regular physical activity, yet key methodological gaps highlight the need for large, high-quality studies to clarify the optimal type, frequency, duration and intensity of physical activity required for beneficial health outcomes during preconception, pregnancy and postpartum.
Keyword Exercise
Physical activity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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