Previous research has shown that physical activity in pregnancy decreases the risk of poor pregnancy outcomes including development of gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and the need for unplanned cesarean section. Research has also shown that excessive weight gain in pregnancy increases the risk of poor pregnancy outcomes. Tracking accurate physical activity in pregnancy is difficult using patient-reported data, however with commercially available and accurate physical activity monitors, objective data is more readily available. Our study is a feasibility study using objective data to track physical activity and weight gain in pregnancy.
Physical activity, pregnancy, FitBit, accelerometer, weight gain
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Alexander LB, Nishimura TE, Brandt DS, Thomas KM, Evans NJ, Polgreen PM, Polgreen LA, Santillan MK, Santillan DA. Evaluating the association of physical activity and weight gain in pregnancy. Proc Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Feb 28;8(1):Article 7 [2 p.]. https://doi.org/10.17077/2154-4751.1386. Free full text article.