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Encouraging physical activity during and after pregnancy in the COVID-19 era, and beyond

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Louise Hayes, Dr James Newham

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© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.Physical activity is known to decline during pregnancy and the postnatal period, yet physical activity is recommended during this time due to the significant health benefits for mothers and their offspring. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed to reduce infection rates, pregnant and postnatal women have experienced disruption not just to their daily lives but also to their pregnancy healthcare experience and their motherhood journey with their new infant. This has included substantial changes in how, when and why they have engaged with physical activity. While some of these changes undoubtedly increased the challenge of being sufficiently active as a pregnant or postnatal woman, they have also revealed new opportunities to reach and support women and their families. This commentary details these challenges and opportunities, and highlights how researchers and practitioners can, and arguably must, harness these short-term changes for long-term benefit. This includes a call for a fresh focus on how we can engage and support those individuals and groups who are both hardest hit by COVID-19 and have previously been under-represented and under-served by antenatal and postnatal physical activity research and interventions.


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Author(s): Atkinson L, De Vivo M, Hayes L, Hesketh KR, Mills H, Newham JJ, Olander EK, Smith DM

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Year: 2020

Volume: 17

Issue: 19

Print publication date: 01/10/2020

Online publication date: 07/10/2020

Acceptance date: 02/10/2020

ISSN (print): 1661-7827

ISSN (electronic): 1660-4601

Publisher: MDPI AG

URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197304

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17197304

PubMed id: 33036326


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