Physical Activity in Low-Risk Pregnant Women in Siriraj Hospital

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Maria Asad-Dehghan
Tanchanok Chaiperm
Chayawat Phatihattakorn
Dittakarn Boriboonhirunsarn
Orrawan Pinitlertsakun
Angsuma Chuprakong

Abstract

Objectives: To assess the level of physical activity in low-risk Thai pregnant women during the second trimester of pregnancy, to identify associated factors with, and to assess knowledge about physical activity during pregnancy
Materials & Methods: This observational study was conducted during April 2020 to January 2021. Second trimester pregnant women were consecutively enrolled. Included patients were informed about the study questionnaires, which included demographic and obstetric characteristic, a physical activity, and knowledge and attitude about physical activity during pregnancy. After completing the questionnaires, the participants were given appropriate knowledge about physical activity or exercise during pregnancy.
Results: A total of 290 women were included. The mean total score on the physical activity questionnaire was 47.58 out of 64. Multiparous women were significantly more active during pregnancy than nulliparous women (P = 0.072). Regarding occupation, housewives and unemployed women had less physical activity during pregnancy than employed women (P = 0.057). Concerning education, between women with education below bachelor's degree and higher, a significant difference was found in physical activity or exercise during pregnancy( P=0.042). The mean total score on knowledge was 4.8 out of 10. However, the score was significantly associated with physical activity level (P=0.042).
Conclusion: Second trimester pregnant women demonstrated moderate level of physical activity during pregnancy. Multipara status, and employment status were not significantly associated with physical activity. The factors that significantly associated with physical activity during pregnancy were education level and knowledge about physical activity.

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Asad-Dehghan M, Chaiperm T, Phatihattakorn C, Boriboonhirunsarn D, Pinitlertsakun O, Chuprakong A. Physical Activity in Low-Risk Pregnant Women in Siriraj Hospital. SMB [Internet]. 2022 Oct. 1 [cited 2023 Jan. 28];15(4):228-37. Available from: https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/simedbull/article/view/258114
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