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Exercise during pregnancy reduces the rate of cesarean and instrumental deliveries: results of a randomized controlled trial
Barakat Carballo, Ruben and Peláez Puente, Mireia and Coteron Lopez, Francisco Javier
Exercise during pregnancy reduces the rate of cesarean and instrumental deliveries: results of a randomized controlled trial.
"The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine", v. 25
In this study, the authors assessed the effects of a structured, moderate-intensity exercise program during the entire length of pregnancy on a woman’s method of delivery.
A randomized controlled trial was conducted with 290 healthy pregnant Caucasian (Spanish) women with a singleton gestation who were randomly assigned to either an
exercise (n=138) or a control (n=152) group. Pregnancy outcomes, including the type of
delivery, were measured at the end of the pregnancy.
The percentage of cesarean and instrumental deliveries in the exercise group were lower than in the control group (15.9%, n=22; 11.6%, n=16 vs. 23%, n=35; 19.1%, n=29,
respectively; p=0.03). The overall health status of the newborn as well as other pregnancy outcomes were unaffected.
Based on these results, a supervised program of moderate-intensity exercise performed throughout pregnancy was associated with a reduction in the rate of cesarean sections and can be recommended for healthy women in pregnancy.
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