In May 2019 researchers from Hong Kong, China published their review of the medical scientific literature to assess the effect of physical activity programmes for pregnant women on pregnancy-related issues, including gestational weight gain, pain and depression, physical activity level, and quality of life. Findings showed that physical activity programmes are effective in increasing the physical activity levels of pregnant women. Furthermore, they are potentially useful in reducing pregnancy-related pain, psychological symptoms and gestational weight gain. However, it was noted that there are inconsistencies in study findings which prevent the drawing of firm conclusions on these latter outcomes. Overall, the studies demonstrated a beneficial effect of physical activity programme on the well-being and physical and psychological health of pregnant women.
Chan CWH et al. Effectiveness of Physical Activity Interventions on Pregnancy-Related Outcomes among Pregnant Women: A Systematic Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 May 23;16(10). pii: E1840