Household chores as the main source of physical activity: Perspectives of pregnant Pakistani women

Zahra Hoodbhoy, Rahat Najam Qureshi, Romaina Iqbal, Qamarunissa Muhabat

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Objective: To understand the level of physical activity in pregnant women and to identify perceived facilitators and barriers faced by them. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted from January to June 2016 at Aga Khan Maternity and Child Care Centre, Hyderabad, Pakistan, and comprised pregnant women attending the antenatal clinics. They were administered the pregnancy physical activity questionnaire while additional questions were asked to assess perceived barriers and facilitators in pregnancy. SPSS 19 was used for data analysis. Results: Of the 455 subjects, 179(36%) were physically active. Their median metabolic equivalent of task hours per week was 14.65 (interquartile range=0-105.8). The overall mean age of subjects was 26±4.47 years, while the mean gestational age was 24±10 weeks. Household activity had a strong positive correlation with total activity (p<0.05). Reported barriers included lack of energy and lack of information regarding benefits of physical activity, and facilitators included support from family and affordable facilities in the area of residence. Conclusion: Majority of the pregnant women failed to meet the daily recommendations for physical activity..

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-569
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


  • Health behaviour
  • Physical activity
  • Pregnancy


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