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Physical Activity Patterns among 9000 Pregnant Women in Poland: A Cross-Sectional Study

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Students Scientific Association at the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, First Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw, Plac Starynkiewicza 1/3, 02-015 Warsaw, Poland
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2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Center of Postgraduate Medical Education, Marymoncka st. 99/103, 01-813 Warsaw, Poland
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1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, First Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw, Plac Starynkiewicza 1/3, 02-015 Warsaw, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(5), 1771; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051771
Received: 25 January 2020 / Revised: 2 March 2020 / Accepted: 4 March 2020 / Published: 9 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
The aim was to analyze the knowledge and experience of women regarding physical activity during their latest pregnancy. An anonymous questionnaire was completed electronically, in 2018, by 9345 women who gave birth at least once, with 52% of the women having performed exercises during pregnancy. Physically non-active respondents suffered from gestational hypertension (9.2% vs. 6.7%; p < 0.01) and gave birth prematurely (9% vs. 7%; p < 0.01) to newborns with a low birth weight significantly more often (6% vs. 3.6%; p < 0.001). Physically active women delivered vaginally more often (61% vs. 55%; p < 0.001) and were more likely to have a spontaneous onset of the delivery as compared with non-active women (73.8% vs. 70.7% p = 0.001). The women who were informed by gynaecologist about the beneficial influence of physical activity during pregnancy exercised significantly more often (67% vs. 44% p < 0.001). In addition, 13% of the women felt discrimination due to their physical activity during a pregnancy, 22% of respondents’ physical activity was not accepted by their environment, and 39.1% of the women were told by others to stop physical exercise because it was bad for the baby’s health. Physical activity during pregnancy is associated with improved fitness, decreased pregnancy ailments occurrence, and therefore influences the course of pregnancy and delivery in a positive way. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; pregnancy; exercise; delivery physical activity; pregnancy; exercise; delivery
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Walasik, I.; Kwiatkowska, K.; Kosińska Kaczyńska, K.; Szymusik, I. Physical Activity Patterns among 9000 Pregnant Women in Poland: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1771. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051771

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Walasik I, Kwiatkowska K, Kosińska Kaczyńska K, Szymusik I. Physical Activity Patterns among 9000 Pregnant Women in Poland: A Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(5):1771. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051771

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Walasik, Izabela, Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Katarzyna Kosińska Kaczyńska, and Iwona Szymusik. 2020. "Physical Activity Patterns among 9000 Pregnant Women in Poland: A Cross-Sectional Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 5: 1771. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051771

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