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An Intervention Study to Increase Physical Activity and Maternal Well-being During Pregnancy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Deborah Da Costa, McGill University Identifier:
First received: January 4, 2007
Last updated: May 23, 2012
Last verified: May 2012
To refine, implement and evaluate a motivationally-tailored exercise intervention for increasing physical activity and mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pregnancy Depression Behavioral: Exercise Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: "Fit Pregnancy": A Transtheoretical-Model Based Intervention Designed To Increase Physical Activity and Maternal Well-Being During Pregnancy

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Further study details as provided by Deborah Da Costa, McGill University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical Activity Level [ Time Frame: post-intervention and 3 months after felivery ]
  • Depressed Mood [ Time Frame: post-intervention and 3 months following delivery ]
  • Health related quality of life [ Time Frame: post-intervention and 3 months following delivery ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • state anxiety [ Time Frame: post-intervention and 3 months following delivery ]
  • sleep quality [ Time Frame: post-intervention and 3 months following delivery ]
  • fatigue levels [ Time Frame: post-intervention and 3 months following delivery ]
  • exercise stage of change [ Time Frame: post-intervention and 3 months following delivery ]
  • self-efficacy for exercise [ Time Frame: post-intervention and 3 months following delivery ]
  • social support for exercise [ Time Frame: post-intervention and 3 months following delivery ]

Enrollment: 76
Study Start Date: January 2007
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Lifestyle counseling
Tailored exercise program
Behavioral: Exercise
Tailored exercise program
No Intervention: No Intervention
Usual care group

Detailed Description:
Pregnancy appears to pose a further barrier to exercise, as women remain inactive or cease to exercise all together. Yet, regular physical activity during pregnancy in healthy women has been shown to be safe and positively associated with physical and psychological health benefits. To date interventions to promote physical activity have not targeted pregnant women. We are proposing to pilot the first study to evaluate a theory-derived intervention designed to promote physical activity during pregnancy. We anticipate that pregnant women assigned to the motivationally-tailored exercise intervention will show a significant increase in physical activity from baseline at the post-treatment follow-up (32 weeks gestation). We expect that the motivationally-tailored intervention will positively influence physical and mental health status during pregnancy.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Regular participation in moderate intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3 or more times a week at the time of study entry
  • Contraindications for participating in exercise during pregnancy as outlined by the SOGC/CSEP clinical practice guidelines
  • Inability to communicate in either English or French.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00419211

Canada, Quebec
McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1A1
Sponsors and Collaborators
McGill University
Principal Investigator: Deborah Da Costa, PhD McGill University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Deborah Da Costa, Associate Professor, McGill University Identifier: NCT00419211     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: A06-B25-06A
Study First Received: January 4, 2007
Last Updated: May 23, 2012

Keywords provided by Deborah Da Costa, McGill University:
Pregnancy, Exercise, Depression

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on August 22, 2017