Healthy Start To A Healthy Life: An Exploration Of Perceptions Among Pregnant Women To Design A Path To Improving Activity Level During Pregnancy

Capstone Summary:

Despite numerous physical and mental health benefits of exercise a large number of people fail to engage in a sufficient amount of activity. The sharpest decline in physical activity has been associated with pregnancy. Research has demonstrated prenatal exercise is associated with reduced risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, lower birth weight, improved pain tolerance, depression and enhanced self-image. In addition to promoting maternal health, the fetus has prolonged benefits lasting till adolescence. Canadian guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week during pregnancy. However, only 20% of women meet this goal in North America. There have been limited attempts to explore the exercise behaviour in Canadian women. Hence, there is a need to understand the activity pattern, attitude and exercise behaviour among pregnant women in Canada. This study is proposed to recognize barriers to an active lifestyle during pregnancy by exploring the knowledge, attitude and practices among pregnant women towards prenatal exercise in Toronto area.

Capstone Team: 

Dr. Ankita Pal, MBBS MD MBBS MD

Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Centre Sunnybrook Health Science Centre Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Centre Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
Research Assistant Clinical Observer Research Assistant Clinical Observer


Capstone Supervisor:

Prof. Joseph Ferenbok, PhD

Translational Research Program Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto
Revolutionary Translator Director

Capstone Advisory Committee:

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