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Effects of Physical Activity During Pregnancy on the Newborn's Cognitive Function

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01220778
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2010 by Université de Montréal.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : October 14, 2010
Last Update Posted : October 14, 2010
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Effects of Physical Activity During Pregnancy on the Newborn's Cognitive Function
Effects of Physical Activity During Pregnancy on the Newborn's Cognitive Function, the Healthy Mom, Bright Child Randomized Trial

Background: It is now generally accepted that an active lifestyle is beneficial for cognition, but can these benefits be transmitted for the active pregnant woman to her unborn child? This has been demonstrated in rats where the pups born of mothers who exercised during pregnancy had increased hippocampal neurogenesis and better memory and learning capabilities. Human studies tend to confirm this by looking at behavioral results, ie. better orientation and state regulation skills in newborns. The aim of the present study is to verify this on the electrophysiological level and to determine the effects of an active lifestyle during pregnancy on the newborn's brain development.

Methods: 60 pregnant women will be included in a randomized controlled trial. The exercise group will be asked to exercise a minimum of 20 minutes, 3 times per week, at a minimal intensity of 55% of their maximal aerobic capacity. The control group will not be given exercise counselling. Newborns' brain activity will be recorded using electroencephalography (EEG) 10 days post partum. The primary outcome measure will be the amplitude and latency of the mismatch negativity (MMN), a component of the auditory event-related potential (ERP) that can be used to investigate the auditory sensory memory.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Behavioral: Exercise
  • Experimental: Exercise
    Intervention: Behavioral: Exercise
  • No Intervention: Control
LeMoyne EL, Curnier D, St-Jacques S, Ellemberg D. The effects of exercise during pregnancy on the newborn's brain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2012 May 29;13:68. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-13-68.

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • First trimester of pregnancy
  • 20 to 35 years of age
  • Pre-pregnancy BMI between 18 and 25
  • Primipara
  • Without any known health issues
  • Use of folic acid

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Use of alcohol, cigarettes or illegal drugs
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Unable or unwilling to breastfeed
  • Excessive or insufficient weight gain
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
20 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
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Université de Montréal
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Principal Investigator: Elise L.LeMoyne Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal
September 2010

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