Brief Communication • BrÉves| Volume 43, ISSUE 6, P766-768, June 2021

The Impact of Hospitalization on Physical Activity During Pregnancy

Published:September 29, 2020DOI:


      The concept of prenatal physical activity has transitioned from a potentially risky behaviour to a prescription to improve maternal–fetal health. Pregnant women who are hospitalized because of a complication should continue to engage in light activities of daily living given the known adverse effects of maternal bedrest. Because the amount physical activity performed by pregnant women while in hospital not been documented; we compared levels of physical activity between women who were and were not hospitalized during pregnancy. We found that hospitalized pregnant women self-impose bedrest even in the absence of a medical recommendation.


      L'activité physique prénatale est passée d'un comportement potentiellement dangereux à une prescription pour améliorer la santé maternelle et fœtale. Il y a lieu pour les femmes enceintes hospitalisées en raison d'une complication de continuer à s'adonner à des activités physiques de faible intensité dans leur vie quotidienne étant donné les effets nocifs connus de l'alitement maternel. Comme le niveau de l'activité physique pratiquée chez les femmes enceintes hospitalisées n'a pas été consigné, nous avons comparé les niveaux d'activité physique pendant la grossesse entre des femmes hospitalisées et non hospitalisées. Nous avons constaté que les femmes enceintes hospitalisées s'imposent elles-mêmes l'alitement, même en l'absence d'une recommandation médicale.


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