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 (2012). 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 (n. 11); pp. 2372-2376. ISSN 1476-7058. https://doi.org/10.3109/14767058.2012.696165.

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Title: Exercise during pregnancy reduces the rate of cesarean and instrumental deliveries: results of a randomized controlled trial
Author/s:
  • Barakat Carballo, Ruben
  • Peláez Puente, Mireia
  • Coteron Lopez, Francisco Javier
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Date: November 2012
ISSN: 1476-7058
Volume: 25
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Delivery; Gestation; Labor; Outcome; Physical Activity
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (INEF) (UPM)
Department: Ciencias Sociales de la Actividad Física, del Deporte y del Ocio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Objective: 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. Methods: 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. Results: 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. Conclusions: 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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Item ID: 16795
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/16795/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:16795
DOI: 10.3109/14767058.2012.696165
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 30 Oct 2014 11:45
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 11:45
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