Physical activity & depressive symptoms among overweight & obese pregnant women in Terengganu

Suan, W.B. and Marhazlina, M. and Rosliza, Y. and Lin, L.P and Ain Widad, A. (2021) Physical activity & depressive symptoms among overweight & obese pregnant women in Terengganu. In: Asia Oceania Conference on Obesity & Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity Scientific Conference 2021, 06-08 Apr 2021, Virtual, Online.

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Introduction: Depression during pregnancy would affect not only the mother but also the child's development. The prevalence of depression during pregnancy in Malaysia has increased from 8.3% to 12.2% in 2018. It is presumed that exercise and physical activity prevent depression and decrease depressive symptoms by altering neurotransmitter and depression-related hormone levels. Objective: To evaluate the association between physical activity and depressive symptoms score among overweight and obese pregnant women in Terengganu. Methodology: A total of 26 pregnant women (n=14 overweight and n=12 obese) in their second and third trimester who registered in health clinics in Terengganu. aged ranging from 22 to 41 years completed this study. This cross-sectional study used self-administered questionnaires consisting of socio-demographic characteristics, Pregnancy Physical Activity Questionnaires (PPAQ-Malay) and Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS-Malay). The data were analysed by using IBM SPSS version 23. Results: Majority of the participants working in government sectors (61.5%, n=16), with monthly income range from RM1001-RM3000 (42.3%. n=11). More than half of the participants (61.5%, n=16) were in their third trimester. Most of the participants participated in right-intensity activity (18-1±11.5 MET-hr/week) in the form of occupational type (42.2%,50.6140.8 MET-hr/week) while 31.5% were in inactivity category (37.7e28.3 MET-hr/week) 15.4% (n=4) of them have an EPOS score of more than 10 which signifies depressive symptoms. There was a fair positive correlation between physical activity and depression symptoms score (r=0.469, p=0.016). Conclusion: Physical activity is related to depressive symptoms among overweight and obese pregnant women in Terengganu. Appropriate measures should be taken to increase awareness and reduce depressive symptoms risk during pregnancy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Fatin Safura
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 07:57
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 07:57

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