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

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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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Brief Summary:

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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pregnancy Behavioral: Exercise Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Official Title: Effects of Physical Activity During Pregnancy on the Newborn's Cognitive Function, the Healthy Mom, Bright Child Randomized Trial

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Exercise Behavioral: Exercise
No Intervention: Control

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mismatch negativity

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female

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

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01220778

Contact: Elise L. LeMoyne 514-343-6111 ext 5380

Canada, Quebec
Cepsum Recruiting
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3T1J4
Contact: Elise L.LeMoyne    514-343-6111 ext 5380   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Université de Montréal
Principal Investigator: Elise L.LeMoyne Université de Montréal

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT01220778     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CERSS-2010-951-P
First Posted: October 14, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 14, 2010
Last Verified: September 2010