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Self-Reported and Objectively Measured Physical Activity among a Cohort of Postpartum Women: The PIN Postpartum Study

Citation

Evenson, Kelly R.; Herring, Amy H.; & Wen, Fang (2012). Self-Reported and Objectively Measured Physical Activity among a Cohort of Postpartum Women: The PIN Postpartum Study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(1), 5-20. PMCID: PMC3257811

Abstract

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.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.9.1.5

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2012

Journal Title

Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Author(s)

Evenson, Kelly R.
Herring, Amy H.
Wen, Fang

PMCID

PMC3257811