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The influence of physical activity during pregnancy on maternal, fetal or infant heart rate variability: a systematic review

Dietz, Pavel; Watson, Estelle; Sattler, Matteo; Ruf, Wolfgang; Titze, Sylvia; Poppel, Mireille van


Background: Physical activity (PA) during pregnancy has been shown to be associated with several positive effects for mother, fetus, and offspring. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a noninvasive and surrogate marker to determine fetal overall health and the development of fetal autonomic nervous system. In addition, it has been shown to be significantly influenced by maternal behavior. However, the influence of maternal PA on HRV has not yet been systematically reviewed. Therefore, the aim of this systematic review was to assess the influence of regular maternal PA on maternal, fetal or infant HRV.
Methods: A systematic literature search following a priori formulated criteria of studies that examined the influence of regular maternal PA (assessed for a minimum period of 6 weeks) on maternal, fetal or infant HRV was performed in the databases Pubmed and SPORTDiscus. Quality of each study was assessed using the standardized Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies (QATQS).
Results: Nine articles were included into the present systematic review: two intervention studies, one prospective longitudinal study, and six post-hoc analysis of subsets of the longitudinal study. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000082676
Veröffentlicht am 07.01.2019
DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-1121-7
Zitationen: 16
Web of Science
Zitationen: 15
Zitationen: 16
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1471-2393
KITopen-ID: 1000082676
Erschienen in BMC pregnancy and childbirth
Verlag Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Band 16
Heft 1
Seiten Art.Nr. 326
Schlagwörter Pregnancy, Public health, Heart rate variability, Childbirth, Stress, Offspring
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
Web of Science
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