SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.41 número2Morte materna declarada e o relacionamento de sistemas de informações em saúde índice de autoresíndice de assuntospesquisa de artigos
Home Pagelista alfabética de periódicos  

Serviços Personalizados




Links relacionados


Revista de Saúde Pública

versão impressa ISSN 0034-8910versão On-line ISSN 1518-8787


DOMINGUES, Marlos Rodrigues  e  BARROS, Aluísio J D. Leisure-time physical activity during pregnancy in the 2004 Pelotas Birth Cohort Study. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.2, pp.173-180. ISSN 1518-8787.

OBJECTIVE: Physical activity during pregnancy is a poorly investigated subject on population level. The study aimed to describe duration, type and frequency of leisure-time physical activity during pregnancy, and to explore its associated factors. METHODS: A population-based study was carried out during 2004 in Southern Brazil. A total of 4,471 mothers were interviewed soon after delivery. Physical activity was measured using a questionnaire, developed for the study. Results were obtained by Poisson regression. RESULTS: In the sample, 14.8% of women reported to engage in some type of physical activity prior to pregnancy and 12.9% during pregnancy. In the first trimester, 10.4% of all mothers engaged in some type of physical activity; 8.5% in the second trimester and 6.5% in the third trimester. Only 194 mothers (4.3%) were active during the whole pregnancy. In the adjusted analysis, leisure-time physical activity was positively associated with schooling, physical activity advice during prenatal care, and family income (p<0.001), being employed during pregnancy (p=0.05), and number of pregnancies (p=0.02). Walking was the most frequent activity. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of leisure-time physical activity is low among Brazilian pregnant women. Although physical activity is not perceived as being pregnancy-threatening, and current guidelines recommend it, this population's behavior does not seem to be changing. Active lifestyle for both pregnant women and future mothers should be encouraged.

Palavras-chave : Exercise; Exertion; Pregnant women; Socioeconomic factors; Epidemiologic studies; Observational studies; Physical activity; Population-based studies; Physical fitness.

        · resumo em Português     · texto em Inglês     · Inglês ( pdf )


Creative Commons License Todo o conteúdo deste periódico, exceto onde está identificado, está licenciado sob uma Licença Creative Commons