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PA & Risk of Preterm Birth in African American Women

Women’s Health Issues; ePub 2018 May 7; Straughen, et al

There is a decreased prevalence of preterm delivery (PTD) among African American women who participate in a leisure time physical activity (LTPA), but the protective effect varies by maternal body mass index (BMI). This according to a recent study that included 1,410 African American women delivering singleton infants. LTPA and walking was classified for a purpose as 0, 1 to 19, 20 to 39, and ≥40 minutes/day and stair climbing as 0, 1 to 5, 6 to 9, and ≥10 times per day. Among the findings:

  • Overall, 16.4% of deliveries were preterm.
  • LTPA was associated with a decrease prevalence of PTD, but stratification by maternal prepregnancy BMI suggested that LTPA was only protective against PTD among normal weight women.
  • Stair climbing ≥10 times per day was associated with a decreased prevalence of PTD among normal weight and overweight women.
  • Walking for a purpose was not associated with PTD.

Citation:

Straughen JK, Sealy-Jefferson S, Bazydlo M, Helmkamp L, Misra DP. Physical activity and risk of preterm birth in a cohort of African American women. [Published online ahead of print May 7, 2018]. Women’s Health Issues. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2018.04.001.

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