Influence of prenatal physical activity on the course of labour and delivery according to the new Polish standard for perinatal care

Anna Szumilewicz 1, Andrzej Wojtyła 2, Aleksandra Zarębska 1, Izabela Drobnik-Kozakiewicz 1, Michał Sawczyn 1, Anna Kwitniewska 1
1 - Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Poland
2 - Department of Mother and Child Health, University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med
2013; 20 (2):
ICID: 1052349
Article type: Review article
 
 
Introduction. Prenatal physical activity has been increasingly recommended in recent years as the fundamental condition of physiological pregnancy and birth by health promoting organizations throughout the world.
Objective. To determine the influence of prenatal physical activity on the course of labour and delivery. The practical purpose was to present prenatal physical activity as an effective tool in the implementation of the new Polish standard for perinatal care.
Brief description of the state of knowledge. Reviewed publications report either a positive impact or no impact of physical activity on selected parameters of labour and delivery. The most frequently cited benefits of physical exercise during pregnancy include: shorter delivery, less frequent need for anesthesia, reduced risk of operative births, a lower rate of induction of labor, amniotomy, episiotomy and perineum lacerations, and improved neonatal outcome.
Conclusions. A review of the literature shows that regular prenatal physical activity can help reduce medical interventions during labour, without having negative consequences for either the mother or the foetus. It should be an important tool to implement the Polish standard for perinatal care. There is a need to promote regular prenatal physical activity among women, medical personnel, and physical education staff. Detailed instructions for designing prenatal exercise programmes should be included in the new guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy, both in Poland and abroad. To support or negate the hypothesis of the positive effects of physical activity on the course of labour and delivery, well-designed research trials should be conducted with the properly structured prenatal exercise programmes in the intervention groups.
PMID 23772595 - click here to show this article in PubMed
  FULL TEXT STATS

Recommend this article to:

Name:
E-mail:
From:
Language:


Related articles in IndexCopernicus™
     labor and delivery [0 related records]
     Pregnancy [16526 related records]
     physical activity [21 related records]



 

Related articles

A Bafghi, E Bahrami,
Comparative Study of Vaginal versus Intramuscular ...
Preterm birth is a worldwide health concern due to its various negative consequences. Therefore, the prevention of preterm birth is a top priority for healthcare systems in all countries....
ABSTRACT
S Chattopadhyay, A Roy,
  RANDOMISED CONTROL STUDY OF USE OF PROGEST...
  INTRODUCTION: APH complicates 3-5% of pregnancies and is a leading cause of perinatal and maternal mortality worldwide. Progesterone is essential in maintenance of pregnancy and helps inprolongation of pregnancy. Different trials have ...
ABSTRACT
J Kudlicki, A Kania,
Atrial fibrillation in pregnant women – guidelin...
Cardiac arrhythmia in pregnant women, including atrial fibrillation, is an important clinical problem. Doctor taking diagnostic and therapeutic actions is responsible for the health of both mother and child. Most cases of the cardiac arrhythmia are...
ABSTRACT