Relations among maternal physical activity during pregnancy and child body composition

LM Mudd, Johannah M Scheurer, M Pruett, Ellen W. Demerath, Anshika Kapur, Sara E Ramel

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Objective: Physical activity (PA) during pregnancy is associated with lower neonatal fat mass, but associations with child body composition are mixed. The purpose of this study was to examine associations between trimester-specific pregnancy PA and child body composition at 4 years. Methods: Participants of the Minnesota Infant Nutrition, Neurodevelopment, and Obesity Study were asked to recall participation in any moderate or vigorous PA in the first (T1), second (T2) and third (T3) trimesters at about 5 years postpartum. Child fat mass and fat-free mass were measured via air displacement plethysmography at 2 weeks, 3 months and 4 years of age. Multivariate linear regression was used for analyses. Results: Of 51 possible participants, 37 recalled pregnancy PA. Any vigorous PA in T3 was associated with lower child fat mass at 4 years (adjβ = −1.077, p < 0.05). Conclusion: Late pregnancy PA may have lasting benefits for child body composition. Replication of these findings is needed in a larger sample with prospective measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-250
Number of pages5
JournalObesity Science and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2019

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Funding Information:
Funding of the study is provided by the National Institutes of Health (U54 CA116849 and 5K12 HD065879-03), a University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Faculty Research Development Grant, the Benjamin Walker Hanson Fund of the University of Minnesota Foundation and Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota. J. S., E. D., A. K. and S. R. conceived and carried out the original and follow-up MINNOwS. L. M., J. S., M. P., A. K. and S. R. conceived and carried out the ancillary study for recalling pregnancy PA. All authors were involved in writing the paper and had final approval of the submitted and published versions.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Authors. Obesity Science & Practice published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd, World Obesity and The Obesity Society.


  • Exercise
  • fat mass
  • fat-free mass
  • prenatal

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