The effects of vigorous exercise during pregnancy on birth weight

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Abstract

Whether or not vigorous exercise during pregnancy affects birth weight is an important issue because birth weight is the single most important determinant of neonatal mortality. A current meta-analysis of randomised trials of exercise during pregnancy did not find, although also did not exclude, a clinically important effect of exercise on birth weight. Randomised trials may miss the women exercising at the most elite levels during pregnancy. We should remain open-minded on this issue until sufficient evidence is available on which to base recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

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