Objectively assessing treadmill walking during the second and third pregnancy trimesters

Jennifer M. DiNallo, Danielle Symons Downs, Guy Le Masurier

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Abstract

Background: To effectively promote physical activity (PA) and quantify the effects of PA interventions for pregnant women, PA measurement during pregnancy needs improvement. The purpose of this study was to assess PA monitor output during a controlled, treadmill walking protocol among pregnant women at 20- and 32-weeks gestation. Methods: Women (N = 43) wore an Actigraph accelerometer, NL1000, and Yamax pedometer during a 20-minute treadmill walking test [5-minute periods at 4 different speeds (54, 67, 80, and 94 m·min-1)] at 20- and 32-weeks gestation. Results: Repeated-measures ANOVAs indicated that Actigraph total counts/minute and minutes of moderate-vigorous PA (MVPA), NL1000 steps and minutes MVPA, and Yamax steps decreased from 20- to 32-weeks gestation (P = .05), while body girth circumference and activity monitor tilt increased (P = .05). Repeated measures ANCOVAs, controlling for changes in body girth and monitor tilt, yielded no significant differences in any outcome measures from 20- to 32-weeks gestation. Conclusions: Preliminary results suggest physical changes during pregnancy impact activity monitor output in controlled settings. Accurately measuring and statistically controlling for changes in body girth at monitor placement site and monitor tilt may improve the accuracy of activity monitors for use with pregnant populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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Third Pregnancy Trimester
Second Pregnancy Trimester
Walking
Pregnancy
Exercise
Pregnant Women
Exercise Test
Analysis of Variance
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Population

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Vol. 9, No. 1, 01.01.2012, p. 21-28.

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