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Correlates of physical activity in pregnancy among Latina women


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Chasan-Taber, L, Schmidt, MD, Pekow, P, Sternfeld, B, Manson, J and Markenson, G 2007 , 'Correlates of physical activity in pregnancy among Latina women' , Maternal and Child Health Journal, vol. 11, no. 4 , pp. 353-363 , doi: 10.1007/s10995-007-0201-8.

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Objectives: National data indicate that Latina
women are less active than non-Latina white women and
are at higher risk of gestational diabetes and subsequent type
2 diabetes. Physical activity may reduce risk of maternal
disorders of pregnancy, but sparse data exists on the correlates
of physical activity in pregnant Latina women. Methods:
We conducted a prospective cohort study from 2000
to 2004 among healthy Latina prenatal care patients in a
public clinic and midwifery practice. Physical activity was
assessed using a modified version of the Kaiser Physical Activity
Survey (KPAS) in early and mid pregnancy. Results: A
total of 1,231 women (predominantly of Puerto Rican heritage)
met the eligibility criteria and were enrolled. Participation
in household/caregiving, occupational, sports/exercise,
and active living decreased from prepregnancy to pregnancy.
Overall, women who were more active prior to pregnancy
were more likely to have high levels of participation in every
domain of pregnancy activity. Women with the highest
level of participation in occupational activity during pregnancy
(defined as the highest quartile of activity, compared
with the lower three quartiles) were more likely to be older,
college-educated, have higher income, and have fewer children.
Women with the highest level of household/caregiving
activity were more likely to be older, have more children,
be U.S. born, and prefer Spanish while women with the
highest levels of sports/exercise during pregnancy were less
likely to prefer Spanish. Conclusions: These findings suggest
that sociodemographic, acculturation, health, and behavioral
correlates of physical activity vary by domain among Latina
women. Programs aimed at promoting physical activity during
pregnancy in this high risk ethnic group should recognize
these differences.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Chasan-Taber, L and Schmidt, MD and Pekow, P and Sternfeld, B and Manson, J and Markenson, G
Keywords: Exercise . Physical activity . Pregnancy . Activity assessment . Hispanic
Journal or Publication Title: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
ISSN: 1092-7875
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s10995-007-0201-8
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