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Physical Activity and Depression Symptoms among Pregnant Women from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005–2006

Authors


  • The authors report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.

Correspondence

Paul D. Loprinzi, PhD, Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Rd, Louisville, KY 40205. ploprinzi@bellarmine.edu

ABSTRACT

Objective

To examine the association between objectively measured physical activity and depression symptoms among a nationally representative sample of pregnant women to provide a more accurate understanding of the relationship between physical activity and depression symptoms.

Design

We employed a cross-sectional study design.

Setting

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005–2006 were used for this study.

Methods

One-hundred and forty-one pregnant women wore an ActiGraph accelerometer for 7 days and completed the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 to assess depression status.

Results

More than 19% of the participants experienced some depression symptoms, and compared to their counterparts not having depression symptoms, they were less physically active.

Conclusion

An inverse association was found between physical activity and depression symptoms among pregnant women. When feasible, nurses are encouraged to help facilitate physical activity among pregnant women, assuming an uncomplicated pregnancy.

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