- Women who exercise during pregnancy gain less weight and have fewer related risks.
Why this matters
- Promotion of a supervised exercise programme during pregnancy may help to control weight gain, reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity, and save on related healthcare costs.
- Women in the intervention group gained less weight (P<.001 had less macrosomia and labor dystocia with women in standard-care group.>
- Normal vaginal delivery was more common in the intervention group (72.0% vs 56.2%; P=.02) compared with the standard-care group.
- Cesarean delivery was more likely in the standard-care group (23.9% vs 17.0%; P=.02).
- Women with pregestational BMI ≥25 kg/m2 in the intervention group were less likely to have excessive weight gain.
- Single-centre, 2-armed, randomised controlled trial, 2009-2011.
- Participants were randomly allocated to a standard-care group (n=201) or an intervention group (n=100).
- Intervention consisted of moderate to vigorous exercise in 70-78 sessions over 24 weeks, 3 times per week, 60-65 minutes per session.
- Primary outcome measure was gestational weight gain.
- Funding: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
- Study was not blinded.
- No records were kept on diet.