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Nutrición Hospitalaria

versión On-line ISSN 1699-5198versión impresa ISSN 0212-1611


AGUILAR CORDERO, M. J. et al. Physical activity by pregnant women and its influence on maternal and foetal parameters: a systematic review. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.4, pp.719-726. ISSN 1699-5198.

Introduction: Regular physical activity is known to be very beneficial to health. While it is important at all stages of life, during pregnancy doubts may arise about the suitability of physical exercise, as well as the type of activity, its frequency, intensity and duration Aims: To analyse major studies on the influence of physical activity on maternal and foetal parameters. Method: Systematic review of physical activity programmes for pregnant women and the results achieved, during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. 45 items were identified through an automated database search in PubMed, Scopus and Google Scholar, carried out from October 2013 to March 2014. In selecting the items, the criteria applied included the usefulness and relevance of the subject matter and the credibility or experience of the research study authors. The internal and external validity of each of the articles reviewed was taken into account. Conclusions: The results of the review highlight the importance of physical activity during pregnancy, and show that the information currently available can serve as an initial benchmark for further investigation into the impact of regular physical exercise, in an aquatic environment, on maternal-foetal health.

Palabras clave : Physical Activity; Pregnancy; maternal-fetal parameters.

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