Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 567–569 | Cite as

Next Steps for Measures of Physical Activity During Pregnancy

  • Lisa Chasan-TaberEmail author
  • Kelly R. Evenson
Letter to the Editor

We appreciate the recent Commentary by Guérin et al. (2018) which was designed to stimulate academic discussion among women’s health researchers regarding how best to measure physical activity (PA) during pregnancy. This topic is particularly important in light of the recent 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report (2018). In brief, while the committee found strong evidence that moderate-intensity PA reduces excessive gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes, and symptoms of postpartum depression, questions remain regarding the impact of PA on preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, and postpartum weight loss as well as quality of sleep, quality of life, and symptoms of anxiety and depression both during pregnancy and postpartum. The committee highlighted the importance of future studies designed to elucidate the impact of varying types (e.g., leisure-time, occupational, household, transportation), intensities, and doses of PA on maternal and fetal...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, School of Public Health & Health SciencesUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public HealthUniversity of North Carolina – Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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