Influence of exercise on preconception, pregnant women, the developing foetus and delivery

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dc.contributor.author Crafford, M.J.
dc.contributor.author Viljoen, Margaretha
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-27T07:37:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-27T07:37:41Z
dc.date.issued 2008-12
dc.description.abstract There are many questions about the relationship between pregnancy and exercise. This article presents an overview of published works on a) exercise and problems with conception, with the focus on amenorrhea and miscarriage, b) exercise and pregnancy, highlighting the influence of exercise on maternal metabolism, cardiovascular and respiratory function, c) exercise and the developing embryo / foetus, with the focus on placental formation / growth, substrate availability and foetal hyperthermia, d) exercise and the labour / delivery process, with the emphasis on preterm labour, as well as e) exercise and the postpartum period, with the focus on neonatal outcome, maternal recovery after parturition and lactation. It concludes with recent recommendations and precautions associated with exercise during pregnancy, as well as shortcomings in available information. In general, literature does not seem to support the concerns about prenatal exercise, but rather shows that both mother and foetus benefit when the mother is involved in moderate exercises during pregnancy. Indications are that the benefits will only be experienced in full by women who, within reasonable limits, continue to exercise throughout their pregnancy. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Crafford, MJ & Viljoen, M 2008, 'Influence of exercise on preconception, pregnant women, the developing foetus and delivery', African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 388-417. [http://www.ajol.info/journal_index.php?jid=153&ab=ajpherd] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1117-4315
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/10195
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Africa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance en_US
dc.rights Africa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance en_US
dc.subject Exercise en_US
dc.subject Reproduction en_US
dc.subject Pregnancy en_US
dc.subject Foetal en_US
dc.subject Maternal care en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Exercise
dc.subject.lcsh Conception
dc.subject.lcsh Fetus
dc.subject.lcsh Preconception care
dc.subject.lcsh Pregnant women
dc.subject.lcsh Delivery (Obstetrics)
dc.title Influence of exercise on preconception, pregnant women, the developing foetus and delivery en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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