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Correspondence: robin640@hotmail.com 1 Centro de Estudios para la Medición de la Actividad Física (CEMA), Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad del Rosario, Cra. 24 No. 63C - 69, Bogotá, D.C, Colombia

RR-V and ACA-P has made a contribution to the study conception and design of this study.

RR-V and ACA-P acquisition of data.

FL and AG-H analysis and interpretation of data.

RR-V, MI and FL has contributed to the drafting and critical revision of manuscript.

All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

We would like to acknowledge technical support provided by Guillermo Ortega, Mildred Mosquera and Blanca Salazar.

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The authors would like to acknowledge Universidad del Valle for the financial support to the Nutrition Group (Grant N. CI 1575) and Instituto Colombiano para el Desarrollo de la Ciencia y la Tecnología “Francisco José de Caldas” (Grant N. 656,640,820,391).

Robinson Ramírez-Velez received a grant from Instituto Colombiano para el Desarrollo de la Ciencia y la Tecnología “Francisco José de Caldas” to do a doctorate and received a grant from American College Sport Medicine to the Fellow in CDC Atlanta (RAFA-PANA Scholarship).


  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Physical activity
  • Prenatal
  • Metabolic biomarkers
  • Obstetric outcomes
  • RISK

Exercise during pregnancy on maternal lipids: a secondary analysis of randomized controlled trial


Journal Title:

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth


Volume 17, Number 1


, Pages 396-396

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Background: Today, scientific evidence has supported the popular belief that physical activity is associated with biological health in pregnant women. A randomized controlled trial was used to assess the benefits of physical exercise during pregnancy on maternal lipids in low-income Latina women. Methods: The study included 67 nulliparous low-income Latina women in gestational weeks 16-20, randomly assigned into one of two groups: 1) The exercise group, which took part in aerobic and resistance exercise for 60min, three times a week for 12weeks, 2) The control group, which undertook their usual physical activity and prenatal care. The primary outcomes were changes in maternal blood lipids after intervention. Obstetrical and neonatal outcomes measured were type of delivery, postpartum hemorrhage, newborn and/or maternal complications', gestational age, weight gain, birth weight, foetal growth, and Apgar score. Results: Fifty women completed the study. At the end of the intervention, there were differences between groups in low-density lipoprotein levels (mean change: -8mg/dL, 95%CI -3 to -29; P < 0.001) and triglycerides (mean change: -6mg/dL, 95%CI -1 to -11; P=0.03). Also, compared with women who remained in the control group, active women showed lower complications during delivery (moderate postpartum haemorrhage) (58% compared with 75%; P < 0.05) and lower complications in newborns (e.g. cyanosis or respiratory distress) (21% compared with 46%; P < 0.001). Conclusions: An exercise programme during the second and third trimester favours less gain in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides fewer delivery and neonatal complications. Trial registration:NCT00741312(August 22, 2008).

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