Self-Reported and objectively measured physical activity among a cohort of postpartum women: the PIN Postpartum Study.

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Journal Article

BACKGROUND:Few studies measure physical activity objectively or at multiple time points during postpartum. We describe physical activity at 3- and 12-months postpartum among a cohort of women using both self-reported and objective measures. METHODS:In total, 181 women completed the 3-month postpartum measures, and 204 women completed the 12-month postpartum measures. Participants wore an ActiGraph accelerometer for 1 week and completed in-home interviews that included questions on physical activity. A cohort of 80 women participated at both time points. Poisson regression models were used to determine whether physical activity differed over time for the cohort. RESULTS:For the cohort, average counts/minute were 364 at 3-months postpartum and 394 at 12-months postpartum. At both time periods for the cohort, vigorous activity averaged 1 to 3 minutes/day, and moderate activity averaged 16 minutes/day. Sedentary time averaged 9.3 hours at 3-months postpartum and 8.8 hours at 12-months postpartum, out of a 19-hour day. Average counts/minute increased and sedentary behavior declined from 3- to 12-months postpartum. CONCLUSION:Interventions are needed to help women integrate more moderate to vigorous physical activity and to capitalize on the improvements in sedentary behavior that occur during postpartum.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Evenson, KR; Herring, AH; Wen, F

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 5 - 20

PubMed ID

  • 22232505

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22232505

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1543-5474

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1543-3080

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1123/jpah.9.1.5

Language

  • eng