Sedentary lifestyle 'linked to depression and weight gain in pregnancy'

5 November 2015

Women who adopt a sedentary lifestyle during pregnancy could be at a higher risk of depression and weight gain during pregnancy.

This is according to a new study from the University of Warwick, which analysed 1,263 pregnant women, who shared insights on their physical activity and emotional wellbeing in the first trimester of pregnancy and then again in the late stages of the second.

Overall, women with self-reported depression symptoms were more likely to sit down for longer periods, with sedentary women also taking part in less moderate or vigorous physical activity, and gaining significant amounts of weight between the first and second trimester.

The researchers also found that sedentary pregnant women had higher blood glucose levels around 28 weeks of gestation, putting them at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Dr Nithya Sukumar, clinical research fellow for metabolic and vascular health at Warwick Medical School, said: "Pregnant women could benefit from early intervention to improve their physical and mental health and reduce the risks associated with sedentary behaviour."

Posted by Jeanette Royston



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